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Call this Buffalo to Cleveland.  Starting out with the other half of the Erie Canal inaugural trip of DeWitt Clinton, yes there was a Buffalo ceremony too, and it wasn’t a wedding.  Rather, maybe it was the reception when they offered appeasement to the Lake gods.

up the Buffalo river, it’s NACC Argonaut offloading at the LaFarge elevator.

Cotter . . . it’s my first time seeing her outside the river and under way!

Kraig K . . .  my first time to see a commercial boat fishing on Lake Erie.

 

BBC Kibo . . . in port in front of the city.

Eagle, a 1943 Bay City tug,  with matching bridge….

Sam Laud takes about two hours to back out of the Cuyahoga, using thrusters at stern

and bow.

And let’s end with Meredith Ashton. 

All photos by Will Van Dorp, currently at wifi in Manitowoc.

 

 

I’ll identify this one in a bit, but try guessing?  Here’s the helm and

the engine room.  It was re powered in 1952–3 and has proven its value in both fire and ice.

While you ponder that–if you so choose–check out these related vessels.  I’m not sure the one below has a name.

Curtis Randolph‘s namesake was a Detroit firefighter.  Click here for a site dedicated to Detroit fireboats.

Hogan is NEITHER a government boat nor a fireboat, but it berths near Randolph and does perform emergency duties in the Detroit River.

Ditto Mackinac Marine Rescue, although it can fight fire as well.

And this returns us to the two photos at the top of this post:  it’s the Elizabethport NJ built E. M. Cotter, built in 1900 in the area right across from Howland Hook.

She’s lovingly kept immaculate by her very proud crew with some funds raised independently. 

Click here for an article from a few days ago on needs of this, the world’s oldest working fireboat. At that link, there are also photos of Cotter‘s operations over the years.

As that article also says, it’s the fine Swedish steel that explains her longevity.

If you’re from Elizabeth NJ or anywhere in northern NJ,

it’s well that you know about this fine vessel and the shipyard where she was first launched,  where the first class of USN submarines were also built.   Also, John Purves, the museum-based tug in Sturgeon Bay, was also built in Elizabethport.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

I paddled up Buffalo River, and saw West Wind and a smaller twin screw,

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G-tugs Vermont and Washington,

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and my goal . . . SS Columbia.

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Retracing my path, I had to pay respect to Edward M. Cotter, BFD and built in Elizabeth NJ.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp, who has no time to embed links because he is headed for Cleveland.

 

If you’re wondering why December has brought a run on dates, i.e., years and numbers as part of titles, it’s classic and/or antique boat month.

Sarah Elizabeth Banks, below, began life in the UK as SS Fire King.  In fact, it had a mate, SS Fire Queen, now long scrapped.  Today, it’s a yacht owned by the grandson of the manufacturer and based in Seattle.  Many thanks to Kyle Stubbs for this photo, which he sent me months ago and I never figured out how to use.

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And since we’re talking old fireboats, let me add this never-posted photo of Edward M. Cotter, the Elizabeth NJ-built fireboat still in use in Buffalo NY.  As the Buffalo Fire Department says on their website here, Cotter was working Lake Erie’s margins three years before the Wright Brothers made their Kitty Hawk flight!!!   Click here for another photo of Sarah Elizabeth Banks.  Click here for photos/text about another old fireboat named Alki.

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Many thanks to Kyle for sending along the top photo.  For other posts with photos from Kyle, click here.

For my previous Seattle area posts, click here.

 

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Check out an ancient active duty fireboat in Buffalo . .  Edward M. Cotter, built in Elizabeth, NJ, in 1900.  After I got a few, the rain started and I had to retreat to Swannies for the best-ever buffalo wings, of course.

 

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