You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Geo. E. Lattimer’ tag.

This is a Carlotta in 1921.  I’m curious about the large structure on the after deck.  Is that cargo being carried?

Here’s a Carlotta 13 months later, looking the same except that large stern structure is missing.  The 1913 MVUS shows a steam tug Carlotta 56′ x 13′ x 5′ built in Boston in 1879, but registered in Buffalo as of that date. 

Aimed at canal passersby, this billboard

was located in Little Falls, most likely above lock E-17.  Steam tug George E. Lattimer was built in 1899, 59′ x 16′ x 7′ in Buffalo.

This view of lock E-17 shows a formidable structure, especially without trees on Moss Island.

I had to throw this photo in.  I took it in October 2014 of the 1901 formerly steam-powered  73′ x 15′ x 9′ fish tug Urger at the same location slightly different angle, showing a tree-covered Moss Island and virtually no windows in the powerhouse to the right of the guillotine lock door. 

Jumping back nearly a century, with lots of steam and drama, Geo. E. departs the lock and the rockpile that was Moss Island back then. 

Steamer Merchant tows a string of barges round a bend, which I believe is somewhere west of Brockport. 

From Roger N. Benson:  “A third-class wood steamer Lily was built in 1882, hailed from Buffalo NY.  Lily was 103′ x 22′ x 9′. She was registered for the Barge Canal on May 13, 1922.” Those dimensions make her a fairly large tugboat for the Barge Canal. 

The rails would likely have come from the Lackawanna Steel Plant, which that same year was acquired by Bethlehem Steel.   The area of the plant is currently the site of a wind farm called Steel Winds.

Here an eastbound Lily approaches lock E-11.  Interestingly, since the caption says the covered automobiles are Maxwells, they would be coming from one of the Midwestern plants, obviously not the original Tarrytown NY plant. Maxwell was declining at the time and as of 1922 would just have been taken over by Walter P. Chrysler, before he created the Chrysler Corporation.

I have to end with this photo I took in October 2014;  it’s the same photo of Urger as above, just with the golden morning light color restored.

Thanks to the Canal Society of New York for use of these photos;  the two versions of the Urger photo, WVD.

By the time you read this, I should already be in Quebec, and once we get under way, we’ll reverse the trip I began six weeks ago in NYC’s sixth boro here. From Quebec City we travel up the Saint Lawrence, up as in upstream.  The waterway is truly beautiful, and although I have defined tasks on the ship, I get to spend a lot of time watching .

gl1

 

gl2

 

gl3

 

gl4

The photo below I took from the NE corner of Lake Ontario looking toward the port of Oswego.

gl5

From the Lake, we cut in at Oswego via the Canal, bypass all the fishing, and

gv1

make our way via the grand canal back to saltwater.

gv2

Here’s the 1899 Buffalo-built steam tug Geo E. Lattimer (loa 59′ x 16′ x 4.5′) exiting the low side of Lock 17.

gv3

Given the pain of finding enough of a signal to post, I can’t tell you when and what you’ll see next.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, including the photos of photos from Canal signage.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,550 other followers
If looking for specific "word" in archives, search here.
Questions, comments, photos? Email Tugster

Documentary “Graves of Arthur Kill” is currently available only through tugster

Seth Tane American Painting

Read my Iraq Hostage memoir online.

My Babylonian Captivity

Reflections of an American hostage in Iraq, 20 years later.

Archives

August 2022
M T W T F S S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031