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Here in a milder season was the previous post by this name.  And here and here are earlier posts with tenders.

But yesterday, along with a partner in crime to be identified later, we discovered not just one,

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not just two,

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but THREE tenders, hauled out like seals.

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Wanna see that again?

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How about a third count, just to make sure.

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oh . . . partner in crime . . . is this a clue?  Here’s the other tug44.

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And motivation?  Well, it WAS presidents‘ day.  I hope this summer to find time to research the construction of these tenders, all of which I believe happened at Inner Harbor in Syracuse.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, whose fingers lasted in the cold long enough to take more, too, soon.

 

Welcome to the Inner Harbor of Syracuse.  It used to be said that from the Inner Harbor, you could go anywhere in the world.  Or anyone from “anywhere in the world” could get here.   That’s a bit of an exaggeration;  for example, you couldn’t get here, the Bonneville Salt Flats.  But then again, someone making that claim about the Inner Harbor wouldn’t need to get to this mineral-rich Utah deposit.  Explanation follows.

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I ended up in the Inner Harbor in August because I wanted to see the shops

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where the Erie Canal tenders had been built.  And I’m still working on that.  But in the process I stumbled upon

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an unexpected dredging project, one in the process of rescuing Onondaga Lake–once home of the Solvay Process Company– from status as “off limits” toxicville.

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Erie Canal here is today Erie Boulevard.  And the sign above relates the upstate NY location to the Utah western surface deposit.

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The cleanup involves Honeywell and Sevenson.

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Stop by the visitors center if you are nearby.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Just north of Union Street in Newark, NY, the Canal narrows.  And given the foliage on either side, the engine approaching echoed as in a tunnel.

Tender #1 headed east toward Lock 28B right past the still-waiting Grouper and

into the gate, which closed

once the tow was inside

guided by a steady hand on wheel, not joystick.

Once the westside lock door shut, water spilled out

lowering 12′ in less than 5 minutes.

The Lyons-side door opened and

the tow pushed through

towards Lyons.

So here’s my agenda.  Click here and you’ll see that voting has already started for the favorite tug at the 2010 Tug Roundup in Waterford.  What if I’d like to vote for Tender #1?  There’s no place for “write-in” candidates.  I’d like to vote for this Canal Corporation tug as my favorite because it just appeared when I needed to hear and see something like Tender #1.

And what a great name!

If you enjoy research, here’s one that stumped me:  Tender #1 is reportedly listed as built in 1928.  Where?

On my way to searching for this info, I located this image site and this timeline site with lots of follow-through links.  Of course, Fred Tug44 has fotos of other tenders, but not Tender #1.

All fotos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.

Oh, and be sure to vote ASAP. And tell your friends and friends’ friends to vote.  Use Facebook and the telephone book, but within your network, you really can make ANY boat win if you try.

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