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This post is a serious whatzit, an attempt to find out more about a tugboat in the photo below. I use the photo courtesy of the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse. If you have not been reading this blog very long, I spent five months last year working on a historic tug on the Erie Canal. Type erie canal into the search window and you’ll find hundreds of photos from then.
The photo appears to be taken in Rochester, nicknamed the Flower City, although as a kid, I had thought it was the “flour” city. I guess it’s both.
So I went to the Monroe County Library image search site here and used the search term “boat,” and found a lot of fascinating stuff–like excursion boats now derelict, steam ferries, a seized bootlegger boat, yachts from a century ago, docks, and canal barges. To whet your appetite, I include a few here. Go to the website to read captions on reverse. I know nothing more about Lorraine or Cowles Towing Line, but the “barge” it’s towing is currently known as Day-Peckinpaugh, which will gain some attention later this summer. Photo is said taken on June 13, 1921.
Taken on November 22, 1921, this is steam barge Albany, which raises more questions. Go to the MCLS site for the info on reverse of the print.
The photo below is also said taken on November 22, 1921 by Albert R. Stone. I’d like to know what the name of the darker tug alongside the starboard side of the end of this string of barges. So maybe these are the grain barges that broke away?
Again, a Stone photo, date uncertain, showing tug Henry Koerber Jr.
One more Stone photo, said 1918 . . . tug Laura Grace aground off Grand View Beach . . . Greece?
And all of this returns us to the mystery photo from the Erie Canal Museum . . . my guess is that it was taken by Albert R. Stone, but it was not included in the Monroe County local history photo database. Anyone help?
Many thanks to the Erie Canal Museum for passing this photo along.
If your appetite is really whetted, enjoy these unrelated old and new photos of Urger–ex-State of NY DPW tug–and Seneca, currently a NYS Canal tug but previously a US Navy tug.
Click here for an index of previous “whatzit” posts.
Here’s my last canal ruins post, this one focusing on vestiges of the corridor as a dynamic industrial hub. Day Peckinpaugh, delivered as cargo ship Interwaterways 101 in May 1921 is certainly not in ruins, as her younger sister–by two months–
Interwaterways 105 has been since 1976, here disintegrating in the Arthur Kill.
Below the photo shows the dock in Rome where Day Peckinpaugh used to offload cement.
The Mohawk banks in Amsterdam . . . once a major location for carpet and rug making . . . now hold silent factories.
Not having been up the bank here, I can’t say whether Fownes still makes gloves here.
On the south side of the Oneida River, docks exist where no supply barges have called in many years. Anyone help with info on when supplies last arrived in Clay via barge?
. . . or here not far north of Onandaga Lake?
I don’t know the number of bridges for pedestrians, trains, or automobiles that cross the canal, but this one clearly remains as scrap and carries no traffic of any sort.
Which brings us back to the Duluth-built younger sister of Day Peckinpaugh, also depicted near the beginning of this post. I’d always wondered about Duluth, thinking it an unlikely location for construction of vessels that came to work on the canal. But maybe it isn’t. President Wilson created the US Railroad Administration (USRA) in December 1917, federalizing the railroads of the US as well as the Erie Canal. Wilson placed the USRA in the hands of his son-in-law W. G. McAdoo, who soon thereafter nationalized strategic inland waterways including the Erie Canal and placed them in the hands of a Duluth shipping executive G. A. Tomlinson.
To reiterate what I said at the beginning, Day Peckinpaugh is not among the ruins along the canal although its future role is under study. Meanwhile, neither is ship tourism along the canal dead, as evidenced by Grande Caribe approaching from Peckinpaugh‘s stern. Click here for more pics of Grande Caribe.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Here’s a collage of images as my last roundup 2013 post:
a half dozen working tugboats and a covered barge as seen looking east from the Second Street Bridge,
a swimmer in the water either doing a northern style Richard Halliburton re-enactment or setting out to do an underwater survey mission as the lock is –unbeknownst to her–about to open,
(For more complete info on what’s going on here with the swimmer, check this post by bubbling-blowing bowsprite.)
my possible future employer shoehorning an Eriemax passenger vessel into the first lock in the flight,
waterdogs go fishing,
a Dutch barge,
Urger dried out for some emergency surgery along
with Tappan Zee II,
Eighth Sea and Bill’s exercise machine,
the pilot’s understanding of the pushoff contest,
and in Troy, some public art designed to assist memory . . . the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument with goddess Columbia blowing her horn high above Troy, as seen from Tug44.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. See you in Waterford in 2014, I hope.
Late October 2011, Day Peckinpaugh and Frances Turecamo float above Lock 3, post-Irene, seen here through the eyes of the master of Tug44.
Here’s Day Peckinpaugh last weekend, nose to nose with Urger, the latter here for shaft work.
Blount’s two decade old Grande Caribe applies the same design to contemporary passenger cruising. Notice the popped-down house; in this post from three years ago, the house is up. I’d love to hear from someone who’s sailed on one of these “small ship adventures.” Shipboard romance? What are the stopping off places for adventuring off the mother ship?
And compare the tug Frances Turecamo (1957) in the top foto to her incarnation now. It’s great to see her back at work.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Unrelated: Thanks to Jonathan Boulware , interim president of South Street Seaport Museum, for passing along this article and video of salvage of Astrid.
Quick and dirty . . . since forces are pulling me every which way these days. Between the Great Lakes, which Joe is warning me about, and the sixth boro, which I call home, is the Erie Canal. And some classy vessels populate it, like Governor Roosevelt. See my latest foto here. Thanks to Jason LaDue for this shot of a very substantial ice-breaking hull.
Lockport here assists Day Peckinpaugh. I hope to get to Lockport in spring.
Thanks to Jason for the fotos attributed to him. Here’s a foto of sister Canal Corp vessel Urger in the drydock last spring.
Remember, doubleclick enlarges. Any ideas what you’re looking at? Notice parallel “vertebrae” center left and right; right side is submerged below the “barrel,” and left side four white tips emerge from sunken “structure.” Just in case your life doesn’t have enough puzzles, I’m injecting this one.
I love easy puzzles as respite from the daily complications of life. So . . this is easy with “bayou plaquemine” on the port side bow of a wreck. Here’s what Matt (?) wrote six years ago on Opacity:
” This ship was originally built by DeFoe Shipbuilding, Bay City, MI in 1921 for the U.S. Army and comissioned as the steel-hulled Junior Mine Planter (JMP) MAJOR ALBERT G. JENKINS. The vessel and crew were assigned to the Fourth Serivce Command during World War II and homeported at Fort Barrancas, Pensacola, FL . She was decomissioned in 1951 and sold to the Oil Transport Company, New Orleans, LA. Renamed BAYOU PLAQUEMINE [Coast Guard registery 261281], she was rebuilt as a tug. In September 1966 she was sold to the Nickerson Marine Towing Company of Tampa, FL, retaining her name. McAllister Brothers, Inc. of New York, NY purchased the vessel in June 1968, renaming her COURIER. She was scrapped in 1972.”
Puzzle solved . . . . well here comes the fun: why mine planter and not mine layer . . . who was Major Albert G. Jenkins . . . are there any fotos of COURIER in her McAllister colors between 1968 and 1972 . . . and does anyone know anyone who crewed her?
“Michigan.” Here’s a quote from a tugster post last year: “Jeff identified it as “canal tanker Michigan. Built by McDougal Duluth S B in 1921 as Interwaterways Line Incorporated 105, shortened to ILI-105 in 1935 before becoming Michigan. She carried caustic soda, vegetable oil , liquid sugar and such on the Erie and Welland canals. Twin screw.” For the record, Day-Peckinpaugh was ILI-101–the prototype–built in the same year. Thanks much, Jeff. See an image of ILI-105 in her prime here.” For now, Michigan carries a load of living trees, scale, and memories; I’m guessing she went out of service before I was born . . uh . . . 1952. Seriously, anyone know when she retired? I’d say Michigan –by design and intention– slightly senior relative of Kristin Poling . . . 1934.
I hope this isn’t cheating to copy and paste, but I am reiterating info from last year and the questions it generated: ” YOG-64 was delivered to the US Navy in May 1945, arrived in the Pacific just after the end of the “9th inning,” served in various capacities at Bikini Atoll during Operation Sandstone, judged decontaminated and decommissioned, spent two decades hauling fuel as M/T Francis Reinauer, and has rested here since the mid-1980′s. Anyone know of a foto of Francis Reinauer?”
It’s PC-1217, one of two WW2 submarine chasers in slow-motion decay within the waters that make up the sixth boro. PC-1217 was built in Stamford, CT and first deployed out of Tompkinsville, Staten Island. Can anyone identify the tug to the right?
In PC-1217‘s five-year career with the Navy, it underwent one major rebuild in Jacksonville, FL after taking a beating in a “great hurricane.” Before 1953, it seems hurricanes were just referred to as great. So to get back to the “vertebrae” in the topmost foto, they are the tops of the twin HOR engines that once moved this vessel at 19 or so knots through Atlantic seas.
As for that other puzzle . . . John Watson, frequent contributor to this blog, has traced Blue Marlin to its current location: notice it moored along the great Mississippi downstream a few miles from New Orleans. I’ve no clue what’s loading down there, but if someone wants to arrange a “business gallivant” for me, I’d already packed.
All fotos today by Will Van Dorp, who feels empowered to tackle bigger puzzles after solving these. More soon. Many thanks to Ed, James, and Gary for their help.
Unrelated: Rick “Old Salt” put up a great video on short sea shipping on the Manchester Ship Canal.
A few months back, I did a “Graveyard” series, in which the ferry New Bedford was mentioned. It’s the vessel with the tilted steam stack on the left. Some might see an eyesore. I see this looking south, and
this looking north.
And we can all see this looking back: hospital ship for those wounded at Normandy, or even vacation vessel for those traveling from Rhode Island to Block Island for relief. Do you have any recollections of sailing aboard her, either your own or vicarious ones from an older relative or friend?
New Bedford‘s story deserves to be remembered, preserved on film, even if the actual vessel is beyond hope. As does that of ILI-105 aka Michigan (sister of Day-Peckinpaugh). From low tide today, I got this foto
or these (That’s Outerbridge in the background.),
But this one has almost decipherable writing (doubleclick enlarges) on front of the house.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp, checking out another graveyard near you soon. Spoken in less ghoulish terms, just trying to take inspiration from John A. Noble. Thanks to Jeff Schurr for identifying Blue Line 101.
Unrelated: I like naturepainter’s fotostream! There are kindred spirits (like him and me) who find each other via the internet and blogging. Naturepainter, keep up the great work!
Thank you all for reading and commenting. Let me pass along some of what I’ve learned. Also, check out frogma’s latest.
Below, from Jeff S: “The passenger vessel with the lifeboat on deck is the famous New Bedford built at Bethlehem-Quincy in 1928. See hull # 1417. She was loaned to Britain in WW 2 and served as a hospital ship at Normandy landings.”
According to the link above, Op Neptune involved more than 6000 vessels. It’s interesting to imagine the fate of all those 6000. Here’s a Normandy crossing tug I wrote about in 2007. I wonder if any Brooklyn-built boats have remained in France? Jeff goes on to say, “Earlier in the war New Bedford participated in ”decoy” convoy RB-1. I think she has been at Wittes since about 1967. ”
Here’s another fabulous story: YOG-64 was delivered to the US Navy in May 1945, arrived in the Pacific just after the end of the “9th inning,” served in various capacities at Bikini Atoll during Operation Sandstone, judged decontaminated and decommissioned, spent two decades hauling fuel as M/T Francis Reinauer, and has rested here since the mid-1980’s. Anyone know of a foto of Francis Reinauer?
An as-yet unidentified tug whose upper portion of the house has now slumped back into eternal oblivion.
A very strange comment I got by email asked why I had sunk the red tugboat in yesterday’s post. I’m innocent. Nor did I have anything to do with with sinking.
A mile or so south of Witte’s yard is another graveyard aka tidal reef. Most prominent there is this ferry: Astoria, sister of Ferry Maj. General Wm. H. Hart, formerly docked at South Street Seaport. Here’s a foto of Astoria I took last summer.
Here frogma documents entropy.
Here’s a favorite quote from a Rebecca Solnit essay: “To erase decay …and ruin is to erase the understanding of the unfolding relation between all things. To imagine [creation and destruction] together is to see their kinship in the common ground of change, abrupt and gradual, beautiful and disastrous, to see the generative richness of ruins and the ruinous nature of all change. … Ruins stand as reminders. Memory is always incomplete, always imperfect, always falling into ruin; but the ruins themselves, like other traces, are treasures; our links to what came before. … A city without ruins or traces of age is like a mind without memories.”
Serendipitous during our paddle “north” was a glimpse of W. O. Decker headed “south.” We debated calling them but decided that we would cross paths if that was intended. By the way, if the identification of Ned Moran in Graveyard 1 is correct, then Decker and Ned Moran date from the same year! Maintenance IS everything.
On our return, we saw Decker waiting (haulout?) at the yard in Tottenville. Decker is older than Bloxom and Hila and fortunate to have staved off ruin, traces of aging, and entropy as well as it has. May she bob and pitch for many more years.
I wish I’d taken the profile of this vessel . . . . From this frontal shot, it looks a lot like Day Peckinpaugh. Jeff identified it as “canal tanker Michigan. Built by McDougal Duluth S B in 1921 as Interwaterways Line Incorporated 105, shortened to ILI-105 in 1935 before becoming Michigan. She carried caustic soda, vegetable oil , liquid sugar and such on the Erie and Welland canals. Twin screw.” For the record, Day-Peckinpaugh was ILI-101–the prototype–built in the same year. Thanks much, Jeff. See an image of ILI-105 in her prime here.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Rossville itself has an interesting history spanning Raritan Indians, Ross Castle, Blazing Star tavern, and the Underground Railroad.