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Now in the Erie Canal, Tender #3 was above E3,

BB 109 encountered an unidentified SPS,

Dragon dredge worked over in Crescent Lake,

an unidentified tender worked with two barges, one was QB #14,

Tuulen Tupa intrigued and I’ll tell you my understanding of that name at the end of this post,

At Fonda on the wall stood an SPS and

tug Lockport.

Will Van Dorp took these photos, and this is the end of this post.

And Tuulen Tupa is an excellent name for a sail boat, since in Finnish–at least–it means “wind hut.”

And this was Waterford to Fonda, NY.

Back in September 2007, I was paying attention to the green Gladding-Hearn 1966 Dragon, when a schooner with tanbark sails entered my field of view, and what

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a schooner she was.  I never got any nearer than to take the photo below. Twice, however, I got requests for copies of that photo.  Fulfilling the more recent request led to an invitation to see the boat, which had undergone a long restoration process, and sans masts was back in the water.

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So here she is, two weeks ago in Friendship Maine.  Drool . . . .

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Click here for some specs.  Her name is Gallant and she’s actually only slightly older than Dragon and built less than 15 miles from GH, as the gull flies.

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I’m eager to see her masts stepped and sails bellied.

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Many thanks to Don Zappone for the tour of this sweet schooner.

I realize that with bio-diesel, “green” carries a new ambiguity. What I’m meaning here though is just exterior paint. Below is King Philip, a Seaboats tug.

 

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This “stealth green” tug called Dragon is based on Long Island’s North Fork.

 

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Below is Thornton Bros northbound approaching the Narrows. Here’s a Flickr link. Thornton Bros is 49 years old, formerly John E. Matton.

 

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

After the parade, a race happens.  If this blog did audio and “sensearound,” you’d hear the roar and feel the splash and pitch. You’d need towels for your desk and a cloth to clean your glasses. For now, read the fotos and imagine the sound. Cover your keyboard lest the spray damage it though. Picture the photographer, back braced against the deckhouse, one foot against the inside of each toerail, as the sweet official boat BTU rocks. I’ll try to put up a foto of BTU and pushing matches tomorrow.

A stealthy tugboat Dragon churns forward,

Cornell builds momentum,

Illusion dashes towards the breakwater,

and Patrician Ann cuts us close, but lags far behind Redfish almost invisible off slightly to port.

All photos, Will Van Dorp.

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