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Thanks to John Paul for this photo of the big crane as seen the land area called Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.   The tidal strait–entrance/exit of the Harlem river–is also called Spuyten Duyvil.  That 328′ boom shrinks the swing bridge it’s assisting with the repair of.  Of course the crane is the one that arrived from California 4.5 years ago here to raise components of the new TZ Bridge and lower the old one.

Paul Strubeck caught the crane from the water side, showing relative size of crane and swing bridge.  The higher bridge is Henry Hudson crossing.  For much more info on that bridge, click here.

I got these photos yesterday from Inwood Hill Park.  The railroad swing bridge was opened in 1900, although it was closed for most of the 1980s.  Now it carries 30 trains a day and opens about 1000 times a year, mostly for Circle Line boats.

According to this source, maintenance will focus on mechanical and electrical equipment damaged by Hurricane Sandy.   “Navigation strikes” may be another explanation.

The crane is rated at lifting capacity of 1929 tons, powered by three diesel 601 kW (806 hp) main generators and one 91 kW (122 hp) auxiliary generator provide its lifting power.  It has no propulsion power of its own.

The manufacturer is ZPMC, the same Chinese firm that provides state-of-the-art port gantry cranes here and here.

I’m not sure whose crew boat this is,

but the tugs on the scene are Dorothy J and


Maybe I’ll find time to go back up that way tomorrow.


People on land like to look out over the water.  Folks working on the water need to pay attention to water spaces, but sometimes they study the banks too.  Here’s the town of Castleton-on-Hudson, east of the river.  I should visit and walk around town one of these days.


So let’s follow Brooklyn down through part of the Hudson River Valley and see what we see.  The two bridges here are the Castleton Bridge and the Alfred H. (not E.) Smith Rail Bridge.  


Can you guess this busy port?


Above is Coeymans, another place to visit.  And below is Coxsackie, west of the river.  Residents of this town signed a declaration of independence and called for opposition to the intolerable acts of the British Parliament from more than a year before that other document by the same name was signed in Philadelphia.  I should go there too.


What house is this in southern Athens NY?  I was there once, but I need to return there too.


I think this is the old Lehigh Cement plant.


I believe this is Clermont, a Livingstone home and supposedly where Robert Fulton docked his North River Steamboat so much that the house name started being applied to the boat.


Saugerties Light . . . I met one of the keepers last week.  Wanna stay over?  Here’s the info.


I’m looking to identify the building in the next photos, all between Saugerties and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.  Any help?  I know Bard College is nestled in along there, and I’ve been there a long time ago.  Maybe I should go back.  What buildings are these?  Maybe they’re just conspicuous private homes whose owners wish to remain anonymous.

A.   ?


B.  ?


C.  ?


D.  Blithewood Manor, another building on Bard’s campus?


E.  ?


And finally, on the west side of the Hudson, beyond the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge or George Clinton Memorial Bridge, that “castle” on the midsize mountain is the Mount Community at Bruderhof. That George Clinton is here, uncle of DeWitt of canal fame, and not related to this George Clinton, I suppose.



Will Van Dorp took all these photos.


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