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. . . or I could call this another unusual tow or unusual cargo, but Kevin took these photos, as he did some of those here.

Megan Beyel has towed cargo down the Hudson before, as these two posts, but she’s hardly a regular.  I’ll bet that unit weighs upwards of 150 tons.

The other striking thing I find about these photos is their depiction of some of the variety and beauty of the Hudson River.  Many folks are familiar with the Hudson as it appears flowing through the sixth boro, but farther up, as it defines the edges of the Catskills, as here at the Hudson-Athens light, it’s a gorgeous river.  By the way, if you’re wondering why there’s a light there, it marks what was once referred to as Swallow’s Reef, and if you’re wondering why it was called Swallow’s Reef, well . . . there was once a steamboat called Swallow and it had an encounter on a reef there.

Many thanks to Kevin for taking these photos.

Related:  Another GE related cargo was depicted here, headed for lock E8.

And, a half hour or so after Kevin took the shot above, Megan Beyel and Paisley Alice would pass under the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and within sight of Olana.

 

 

Here’s a Hudson down bound set of three posts I did five years ago, in a different season.

This trip starts at Scarano’s just south of Albany, where a crew picked up excursion boat Kingston for delivery to Manhattan.   Last fall after delivery up bound, I posted these landmarks.

Spirit of Albany (1966), operated by the Albany Port District Commission, is a regular for the Waterford Tugboat Roundup parade.

High above Castleton, name going back to Henry Hudson, is that Sacred Heart Church?

Two bridges cross just north of Coeymans are the Berkshire Spur of the NY Thruway and the Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge, the furthest south operational rail bridge over the Hudson.

Katherine Walker performs spring buoy planting south of Coxsackie.

I’ve heard a story behind the “parked” marine equipment in Athens NY, but need a refresher.  Anyone explain how this came to be frozen in time here?  The view is only possible if your draft allows you to navigate the channel on the west side of Middle Ground Flats.

Hudson-Athens Light is one of the lighthouses saved from demolition at a point when all lights were being automated.  Back when I did more hiking, I looked down on the Hudson and some of these landmarks from the heights, in “what Rip saw,” as in the long sleeper.

South of Catskill Creek, you can see snow still covering the slopes of the Catskills.

Marion Moran pushes Bridgeport upbound.  That’s the east shore of the Hudson beyond her.

By the time we get to Saugerties, snow seems to be creating whiteout conditions on the Catskill escarpement.

We head south, here meeting Fells Point pushing Doubleskin 302.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.  For more on the lighthouses, click here. In the next in the series, we head farther south.

And for what it’s worth, I’m still in the market for some “seats” photos.

 

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