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T-boats are up today, and seeing some in Baltimore led me into the archives.  Click here for a short history of Carina, a T-boat I saw in Clayton NY but never got a good photo of.   Here’s a database of the existing ones, although the info looks dated. Here’s another article on T-boats and Sea Scouts.

Enjoy.  Higgins hull #424 from 1952.

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taken in January 2011

Higgins hull 434 from 1952

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taken in September 2015

Higgins hull 504 from 1953

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taken in September 2015

Higgins hull 513 from 1953

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taken in July 2014

same boat . . . stern

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp.

Unrelated but fascinating to me:  the October 2015 National Geographic article on river transport on the Congo River in the DRC.  The article describes conditions not unlike those I encountered on my travels on the River in 1973 and 1974.  Click here for a post I did about that time.

Totally related:  Here’s the book to read on Higgins.

 

Oswego marks one end of the Erie Canal, and near the westernmost piece of bulkhead there I spotted a freshwater tug . . . Apalachee, launched in 1943.

And up in Clayton near the western end of the St Lawrence River I noticed another, Abaco, launched in 1953. Beyond her is Carina, 1954, ex-Pisces.

Still in the Erie Canal (Newark) waits Grouper, 1912, posted about here.

Fire in a boiler? The only connection here is that this boiler generates pressure that . . .

moves this old engine that . . .

according to its owner, at the Pageant of Steam last week, used to power a canal tugboat . . . maybe like Grouper . . . until about 1930. Once ashore, it drove a machine shop near Rochester. Today the engine does steamy demos, some belt-turning, and gives voice to this cacophony of whistles. But the unnamed re-powered tug, I heard, has been sent to Delaware . . .

–actually in Deljerseyland— on a reef building project. I’ve taken all that “prior lives” info on faith, blind faith . . . but it does make a good story that makes me hunger for what got left out.

Good stories like those emanating from these freshwater tugs: Apalachee was built by Ira S. Bushey in Brooklyn, Abaco by National Steel and Shipbuilding in San Diego, Carina by Higgins Inc of New Orleans. Grouper built in Cleveland but worked in Florida. All freshwater . . . NOT.

The countdown now begins . . . 19 days til the NYC Tug Race and . . . 25 til the Tug Roundup in Waterford. If you’ve never seen both, you’re missing something unique, and that’s no story. Here’s interesting background on the race.

Photos, WVD.

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