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I went quite close to the source of the Hudson four years ago . . . here. But earlier this summer I stopped in Glens Falls, just because I wanted to see the falls.
Here’s more . . .
Back to the Route 9 bridge, here’s the old central office, and click here for an interesting Finch Paper history.
But here’s the real nugget . . . the really interesting piece of history, and it’s UNDER the bridge. Charles Reed Bishop, local boy orphaned by age 4, who tagged along with a friend with connections–William Little Lee. At age 24, the two of them headed for San Francisco, and since this was 1846, that meant sailing around Cape Horn and stopping in Hawaii along the way. Bishop stayed, became a citizen of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and the rest of the story is here.
How’s that for an unlikely trajectory for a Hudson river boy AND information found under a bridge? And about 50 miles south of here, in Troy, along the river’s edge is another plaque celebrating another Hudson river boy with an unlikely trajectory into the Pacific.
Photos by Will Van Dorp.
Summertime . . . and today I’m lazy after finishing two projects that’ve been transfixing me all month.
So how about some sail . . . in the evening, like Aquidneck,
a moth . . .
a Fathead (?),
a classic catboat,
Aurora (1949) with tanbark sails,
The Blue Peter . . . unfortunately AFTER she had dropped her parachute spinnaker.
and finally Black Watch . . . built in the Bronx and a veteran of World War Two.
I’ve been to the Narragansett Bay before, but I need to spend more time there in summer.
But first, I hear there’s some big sail coming to the sixth boro. Last but not least, all photos by Will Van Dorp
USMMA Foundation vessel Tortuga needed hands for a transit from Kings Point to Newport RI, where it is serving as support for Warrior Sailing program races this weekend. I didn’t wait for a second call. I just needed to get there by 0250. No problem, since this IS my favorite time of “day.”
Many thanks to Chris.
Many thanks to Jonathan Kabak for the invitation. All photos here by Will Van Dorp, and I have many more.
As an example of how large this watershed is, the photo below was taken on June 2; at that point Vikingbank was inbound from Sweden upbound near the intersection of the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario and headed for Duluth. It arrived in Duluth to load grain only June 15!! Click here for a site that demonstrates just how huge this watershed is.
Click here, here, and here for some posts I did between Lake Ontario and Montreal, location of the retired LaChine Canal, where the retired Daniel McAllister is on display. To the right in the photo are the elevators that dominate the old city waterside.
South of the elevators these vessels were docked. I know . . . it’s a poor quality photo, but I’m hoping someone can identify the sailing vessel to the left.
Also, this container assemblage in the park is the jumping off point for some
beefy looking “get wet” boats. “Saute moutons” literally means “jump sheep.”
Farther downriver in Trois-Rivieres, Chaulk Determination appears to be in limbo after a serious incident half a year ago.
And in the interest of time, let’s leave the St. Lawrence here for now.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Back to the jaunt in the St Lawrence watershed, specifically my itinerary was from Clayton mainland to Grindstone Island, then return to the mainland, then southwest to Cape Vincent, and then to Kingston, Ontario. To get to Kingston from Cape Vincent involves two ferries: one from Cape Vincent to Wolfe Island in Canada and then after a 20-minute drive across Wolfe, another ferry from Marysville to Kingston. Here’s a map.
In an archipelago like the Thousand Islands (actually I read there are over 1800 islands fitting the parameters that an “island” remains above the water all year round AND has at least one tree), boats are ubiquitous and landing craft like these two are invaluable. Summer populations swell the numbers of residents. Historically, a lot of the wealthy from centers like NYC came up here and built big. The island out beyond the two LCM-8s here is Calumet Island, and that tower is the only significant remnant of Calumet Castle, built by Charles Emery, a tobacco entrepreneur from Brooklyn. Click here and here for more info about Emery, just one of the players here during the Gilded Age.
In this watershed, pilotage is provided by a total of five providers. The pilot boat below is at the Cape Vincent station of the St Lawrence Seaway Pilot Association. Notice how clear the water is.
M/V William Darrell has operated as ferry between Cape Vincent and Wolfe Island since 1952! Its dimensions are 60′ x 28,’ and later in this post you’ll understand why I’m telling you that. Scroll through here and you’ll learn that the H on the stack stands for Horne; the Horne family has been operating the ferry since the 1820s, . . . almost 200 years. Click here and scroll to see this ferry with a Winnebago on it a few years ago.
The Wolfe Island wind farm has operated since 2009.
Frontenac II, 1962 built, has dimensions of 180′ x 45′.
Island Queen and other vessels take passengers through parts of the archipelago.
Of course I found one, although there was no name.
On leg 1 of my return to Cape Vincent aboard Frontenac II, I saw four vessels like this with . . . lunker? rig.
When I got back to M/V William Darrell, there was just me, until this bus pulled up. But the ferry crew took in stride what would have me worried.
We crossed, and all went without incident.
The only downside was that the bus drove off first, straight to the immigration both, and I spent a good 20 minutes as the passengers’ documents were checked. Had the immigration waved me through first, I could have been halfway to Watertown before the bus cleared.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who might not post for a few days because the
gallivant work trip downstream goes on.
Here’s the index.
Since I grew up in western New York and my grandparents lived 30 or so miles off to the right of this photo, crossing this bridge happened several times a year. It was by far the biggest bridge in my world. That’s Canada to the right.
The bridge was completed in 1937, weeks ahead of schedule. Canada, which appears to have no equivalent of the US-Jones Act, uses China-built vessels like Baie Comeau. I saw a one-year-older sister here last October.
Over in Kingston, I learned this vintage but functional crane today had been mounted on a barge and used in the Thousand Island Bridge construction back in the 1930s. There are several cranes of this design along the Erie Canal, some also still functional. For one, check out the sixth photo here.
In an archipelago called “thousand islands,” there’s need for lots of boats for commuting and transport. Check out the lines of the white-hulled 25′ boat to the right. Now check photos seven and eight in this post. Spirit of Freeport is also a 25′ and it crossed the Atlantic! A few more perspectives of Spirit of Freeport can be seen here, scroll through. To hear builder Al Grover, click here.
Click here for info on Jolly Island.
The proximity of Antique Boat Museum may draw classics here, wherever they might have been built. Anyone identify the make?
Vikingbank has an interesting bow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will add more photos from this watershed later.
Many thanks to Seaway Marine Group for conveyance.
Click here for tugster posts related for the town on the North Fork, which get lots of attention in about a month. My most recent posts were here and here. My advice is to gallivant at least twice, and once before the flotilla arrives.
Take this harbor tour to get oriented.
Captain Dave is a great tour guide as
Catch some fish.
Read about a veteran,
built on City Island in the Bronx in 1937.
Walk to a beach and take a selfie with Resolute. It was invisible but present, 10 or so miles to the northwest.
Discover research projects to ponder. More on that black spheroid soon.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
On predicted weather days, you might be looking at charts while passing the waking hours, waiting. And you might see unusual names . . . like Cholera Bank, about 10 miles out from
Jones Inlet. Why would someone name such a location after a plague gets explained here, and some statistics on numbers of deaths here. Given that explanation, you might expect an Ebola Bank in the future . . . somewhere if not here. But seeing
this odd name on the chart recalled other odd names like these: Bald Porcupine Island and Ile d’Amour off Maine, Pot Island off Connecticut, and North Dumpling Island, NY. Then there’s Ono (Oh no!) Island, Alabama, and of course one of my all-time favorites . . . Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, which prompted this detour (scroll through) some years back.
Speaking of gallivants, a friend in Netherlands sent me this photo yesterday as we hunkered down as Storm Juno approached. The photo below shows a convoy of tugs towing inland barges navigating a track through the Schie, a waterway in Rotterdam, a place I visited when I gallivanted there last May.
This is not exactly the same section of the Schie, but I’ve never shared these photos.
Nor this one of feeder container vessel called Temptation passing under the Erasmusbrug. If you want to see a beautiful 14-minute video of a restored century-old Dutch sailing vessel traversing the canal system between Delft and Rotterdam . . . ending up near the Schie . . . click here.
And since we are now many miles off our original course, what unusual or inexplicable charted or mapped names have you seen? Please share some.
All photos, except for the black/white one and the bicycle one, by Will Van Dorp, who wonders who Jones was.
The photo below shows a vessel with a quite rare place of registry . . . Washington DC! How often do you see that on a stern? More on that later. These photos were taken about a week ago, and have since scattered to the seven seas.
Florida has an unusual wheelhouse although it has to have great upward views . . .
I was surprised to learn Balsa 87 was built in 2012, given its design and small size.
Bonny Island . . . offloading
salt? Before Christmas it was in Savannah . . . now it’s–like me–is in the sixth boro.
Bright Hero has since moved from Savannah to New Orleans.
This one’s for bowsprite . . . who sometimes is afflicted with the same type of misperception as I am . . . Not surprisingly, this name has been given to many vessels, but this Ocean Pearl is currently departing Delaware Bay.
UASC Shuaiba has since traversed the Panama Canal!
And that DC-registed container ship . . . it entered Savannah escorted by Florida and
and –15 hours later–departed with Savannah as escort.
Washington Express . . . a great name.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.