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Views of Syracuse

Quick post today, almost on time.  I’m resting up after travels, reunions, summits, setbacks, ravines, tech glitches that turned out to be excessive cookie of the electromagnetic sort, and  . . .  more. I took all these Lyons, NY photos in the past few weeks, although I missed all the excitement of the sixth boro, […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7W: Seneca River to Syracuse

How we got here from Montezuma can be seen here on a map from the DEC.  Sorry, but I have no pics of Cross Lake, boyhood home area of Hiawatha, but not H. W. Longfellow’s version. Lock E-24, the only lock we transit in this last leg of the trip, is the pride and joy […]

Canal Tug Project I

That’s a letter I, not a number 1, by the way. Tugboat Syracuse is still in service, pushing 90 years of service next year, although I believe she did not work this past season.  I can’t place the location of this shot (maybe the Oswego Canal or somewhere between Brewerton and Three Rivers come to […]

Canal Countdown T-6

In six days, the gates along the NYS Canal system will be staffed and lifting/lowering vessels across the state.  This is the third in a series of posts about the vessels that have worked to keep the canals functioning.  Not all these vessels, like Wards Island below, remain;  it’s now over 50′ under surface of […]

Thanks to Great Lakes Mariner 3

Well . . . a couple of Great Lakes mariners who prefer to remain nameless . . . but let’s start with a photo of Joel B from a few years ago.  She’s quite the attractive boat! Thanks so much to a GL Mariner for responding to Saturday’s post by sending another of that boat […]

Happy 85th to Tug Syracuse

According to the archives, tug Syracuse was splashed in late 1933 and completed in spring 1934 in Syracuse Inner Harbor.  The tug was certainly the oldest entity in the Lyons area of the Canal organization. The clipping below connects the splash to early December 1933.  Some numbers on the boat:  77′ x 20.8′ x 9 […]

Empire Line @#$!!

Empire Line . . . is that a rail service?  A fashion design? You’ve seen Erie Canal posts on this blog many, many times.  Erie Canal.  I grew up near that canal and have played and worked on it in different capacities.  Last fall, I biked along the canal from Tonawanda to Waterford, and because […]

Canal Countdown T – 23

T minus 23 days,  that is, for all of us who remember the early days of NASA  . .  . 23 days until the NYS Canals open soon after sunrise on May 21.  If you have the opportunity, get yourself to one of the portals and see the excitement. At several intervals before then, I […]

Virtual Erie Canal 6W: Watkins Glen back to the Junction

Yesterday we ended at a junction in the canal near red number 4 on the map below,  Montezuma NY.  Today we start about 50 miles mostly south at the southern end of Seneca Lake, at the town of Watkins Glen, at the balloon and red number 1.  This map clearly shows the Finger Lakes area.  […]

Tugle 3

Tugle 2 stumped me until I saw the label:  “Matton hull 328.”  That was Challenger, seen here, and solving the puzzle, an unusually challenging task. Unlike previous days’ “tugle 1 and 2,” I don’t know the story below.   Raised lettering can be seen on the stern quarter, but I can’t make that out.  Lower […]