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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 […]

Tug Syracuse, continued

The stern reads “Syracuse of Syracuse.”  She’s built in Syracuse.  Two boats passing during the day, albeit a rainy one, is still a beautiful thing. Photos were taken by Will Van Dorp between Palmyra and Newark.

Tug Syracuse

First, thanks to Andrea of I love upstate New York for use of this photo of the Oswego Harborfest fireworks. The tug visible though is NOT Syracuse.  It’s Nash, which I’ve previously written about here.  Syracuse is somewhere in the darkness beyond Nash. The fireworks barges would not have been in position without Syracuse, here […]

Random Tugs 300

The year 2007 spawned this series here.  Since you’ve stayed with this blog, I’m celebrating a milestone . . . the 300th post in this series.  Thanks for continued visits to tugster.  To honor this event, I solicited photos from you, particularly photos that’d never previously appeared on this blog.  I threw some of my […]

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 […]

Commercial Tugs in NYS Canals 2

Here was the previous installment in this series, half a decade ago. Now let’s take a high lift lock, a Thruway access road bridge, and “just my luck.” When I arrived the other day, this double-locked unit was exiting the lower side of E-17. CMT Pike was eastbound with barges used for a job in […]

Random Tugs 203

except “random” here  just means in the order that I encountered them on my all-too-short gallivant around Wisconsin. In Sturgeon Bay, I finally saw the 149′ x 27.8′ John Purves, built in Elizabeth NJ in 1919, definitely retired now but looking great as part of Door County Maritime Museum.  John P. Holland had some connections […]

Freshwater Tugs 5

Unlike the sixth boro waters, freshwater New York changes state.  As illustration, here is a color photo I took yesterday, and below is roughly the same view (looking down from E-5 in the Flight) taken in late September 2016, almost five months ago.   What’s departing lock 4 was reported here. But I digress.  Here’s […]

North Country Tugs and Workboats 1

For starters, yes I do feel I’ve dropped the ball and missed taking and publishing fotos of such sixth boro events as the final move of the Willis Avenue Bridge and City of Water Day.  If anyone has fotos to share, I’d love to see them. The North Country here means the St. Lawrence and […]

CB4

This will be Rome to Oswego, a downstream run. With a drone, I would have gotten the other boat and our own.   Fishing might be good at Three Rivers. Tug Syracuse waits at the section yard.   The Oswego River appears tor teem with fish, sought by man and raptor. As it’s Saturday, Canal […]