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Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2015 b

It’s been a few years since Lehigh Valley 79 was there, but David Sharps added a new feature to the parade–a brassy salute to each vessel that passed for review. And what a potpourri of vessels that was!       Folks who from Monday to Friday work on precision instruments indoors . . . […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2015 a

Click here for posts from lots of other years.  In today’s post, you’ll see almost all blue-and-gold before the parade, i.e., heading for the muster It was great to have two covered barges for events. Urger exits the low side of lock 2 and  . . .   enters the Hudson. The federal lock at Troy […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2013 d

Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post: a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge, a float plane that might have imagined this to be a different type of gathering, a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2013 c

Today . . . as time constricts . . . just vessels, mostly under way, like Frances, at the confluence. Govr. Cleveland and Eighth Sea, locking and swaying. Eighth Sea, stopping at Rusty Anchor to lubricate a wobbly shaft . . . it was rumored. I’m out of my depth here. Kathleen Turecamo and Dean […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2013 b

First, and I quote, the roundup “began in 1999 as a way to preserve and promote the maritime industrial heritage of the State Canal System….”  Many thanks to the sponsors and the volunteers.   Thanks to the town for their “hawsepitality”  (That’s Jed’s newly minted term.) which brings about 25,000 people to a Saratoga County […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2013 a

It’s the weekend after Labor Day in Waterford, time to call a muster. And stuff starts happening.  Atlantic Hunter arrives via the highway. Tug-of-the-Year Gowanus Bay travels from the south. Buffalo parades from Waterford back to Waterford. Grand Erie travels as the dais. As the parade approaches the Waterford Visitors Center, a water salute awaits […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2012 c

Three vessels at the roundup this year appeared there for the first time .  . well sort of.   The red one, aka Augie, was in fact there for the first time.  The other . . . on the left, Frances, has been there before but with very different appearance. Here’s a closeup of Augie, […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2012 b

Canals are like bridges . . . points of connections, although “bridge” gets used much more as the verb for “crossing the otherwise uncrossable.”  As with bridges, canals create clusters . . . centers of communication and cooperation. Archways can easily be created. Within canals you find vessels passing through with connections from many different […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2012 a

Here are a, b, c, and d from two years ago.  As I write this, the Roundup has not yet finished.  What’s left is the fireworks extraordinaire, the grand finale.  But the Roundup begins with a parade up from Albany northward.  On the west side of the river is I-787, and by parading along the […]

Waterford Tugboat Roundup 2010 d

My last post on the Roundup is a catch-all with some video at the end.  It include vessels that just happen to be in the area.  Like Kathleen Turecamo (1968), docked at Port of Albany. Cynthia of C. D. Perry.  Notice the exposed engines, and follow the vertical shaft of the drives.  I’d love to […]