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You may recall that back in 2014, I often juxtaposed canal&river/rail in photos like the one below.
This post was originally going to feature only photos of the river and canal from the rails, like the one below, but
then I decided to pair photos from the train toward the water with the opposite: photos from the water toward roughly the same land area where the rails lay and the trains speed.
Train shots are difficult because of speed, coatings on the windows, trees and poles along the tracks . . . but I’m quite sure a letter that begins “Dear Amtrak: could you slow down, open windows, and otherwise accommodate the photographers” would not yield a positive response.
I hope you enjoy this attempt on my part. And if you ever have a chance to ride Amtrak along the Hudson, Mohawk, and Lake Champlain . . . sit on the better side of the car; switch sides if necessary.
Here we’re on the Livingstone Avenue Bridge looking south and
here we are south of it, looking north. Yes, that’s Crow, Empire, W. O. Decker, and Grand Erie passing through the open swivel.
Here’s the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam
as seen from both vantage points.
The 1766 Guy Park Manor from a speeding train and
Schoharie Aqueduct from Amtrak,
a slow boat, and
the east bank of Schoharie Creek.
Little Falls onramp to I-90 from rail and
The rail bridge at Lock 19 from the span and
from west of it at Lock 19.
And these all east of Utica I can’t pair, but decided to include here anyhow: a dairy pasture,
a construction yard, and
a truck depot.
Maybe if I write that “Dear Amtrak” letter, I could just ask if the window could be cleaned a bit. If you’re going to try this, take amtrak when the leaves are off the trees.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who embeds this post from “Good Morning Gloucester” to reveal a bit of my past . . . 1988. Scroll all the way through to see a piece of shipwreck “treasure.”
If Margot were a fish, I guess you’d classify her as catadromous, sort of. And no tug that I’ve followed has switched between salt (where she was launched) and fresh (where she frequents as a working niche) water as often as Margot does. Last week she was sixth boro bound and exiting the low side of lock 9. Here’s a post I did almost two years ago about some very unusual bollards at the top side of lock 9. But I digress. Recognize the cargo on the barge?
It’s a different barge, but those are two more fancy Canadian shoes–size 110-tons– for the legs of the NY Wheel, that repeat of what George Ferris built for the big Chicago fair in 1893. And George Ferris . . . where did he get his inspiration to build such a wheel? Well, it’s a Troy and Hudson Valley concept from the start, from Henry Burden and his industry. Here’s a post I did in 2010 related to the dock Mr. Burden built upriver for his metal export.
The lower Mohawk has a stark beauty this time of year, so different from its beauty in other seasons.
I wonder why so many components of the NYWheel are sourced outside the US. I guess I know, and it’s NOT my intention to make this a political post, and there’s no Jones Act for shore shoe/leg structures.
Bravo to the crew of Margot.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Margot nears Troy with the Lockwood Bros barge from back in October. Watch the variety of backgrounds in this post, too.
Jay Michael a few days ago passes by Con Hook.
Amy C McAllister rounds the southern tip of Manhattan towing a capacious cargo barge Columbia Baltimore, capable of carrying 690 tees..
Betty D light crosses the Upper Bay. I didn’t say “Betty Delight,” but the possibility for misunderstanding is there.
Brendan Turecamo escorts Tammo inbound from the island of Jamaica.
Fort McHenry waits over by IMTT.
Sarah D pushes in some upstate rock.
Fells Point crosses the Upper Bay bound for the Kills.
And to finish with a photo from September, it’s Rae, standing by for the move of Wavertree.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
See the two big shoes on the Nadro Marine barge pushed by Margot? You might also call them “pedestals” for the New York Wheel. Those are size 110-ton shoes. A little over a month ago, NY Media Boat caught the legs arriving, the legs which will wear these shoes.
Here’s a close up with two crew getting prepared to offload these shoes.
Chesapeake 1000–which you’ve seen working here and here–did the lift. In the photo below taken just prior to the shoes’ arrival, Chesapeake 1000 is offloading the “multi-axle” furnished likely by Supor. Sarah Ann assists with the swiveling of the large crane.
Here’s a closeup of the multi-axle (there’s likely another name for that, but I don’t know it)
and the drone that someone is using to document the transfer of cargoes.
Here Margot finesses the Nadro/McKeil SV/M 86 with the shoes to the lift point.
Here’s another view of the same, looking east.
At this point, the barge is 110 tons lighter as the shoe is lifted and moved carefully onto the dock.
All photos by Will Van Dorp. More shoes to come, although my Canadian cousins call them “boots.”
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Here was Whatzit 32. And what is it?
Well, it’s big…
and it’s unusual in that it came from overseas all the way to Lock E8, where a crane has been set up to transfer oversize cargo … I look forward to getting a photo there in a few weeks.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
This time I’ll do it differently, as post –more or less but close–the first and last photo I took each month, starting below with Buchanan I entering the Narrows on January 1 not long after sunrise.
And I won’t mention each date, but this was January 28 just before midday, Durance entering the KVK with Laura K Moran taking the stern.
Winter sees fishing boats like Eastern Welder in the Upper Bay, adding to the regulars in the anchorages like Asphalt Star and Emma Miller.
If you’ve forgotten how cold it stayed throughout the month of February, here are two photos from just off the Battery
taken on February 28.
James Turecamo ushers in March, actually that was March 6, and there’s still snow on the ground.
At the end of the month, Grey Shark was in town for repairs, an extended stay.
April 1 saw Margot continuing to extend NYS Marine Highway right through the sixth boro . . . the same day that
Kismet enters the cold waters after leaving its lair in the Caribbean.
April 29 . . . I finally caught Simone in the harbor . . . here tailed by MSC Monica.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
aka GHP&W 2. Macedon only became a port when Clinton built his ditch. The ditch and subsequent iterations connected it to the sea. When I took the photo below back on Oct 21 2014, eastbound on Urger, I felt very far from salt water.
But Chris Williams’ photo below, taken October 25, 2015, shows how connected Macedon is to the sixth boro and all watery places on Earth beyond the VZ Bridge. Less than a week ago, I did a post about Margot, the tug frequently-seen in NYC that delivered this cargo to the port of Macedon.
Bob Stopper took the next set photos. The fact that a Goldhofer semitrailer of 12 axles, 48 wheels, is needed shows the weight of the cargo delivered across the state by NYS Marine Highway. The land portion of the cargo transfer is provided by Edwards Moving and Rigging.
Here’s a closeup of the hydraulics at the front of the trailer.
Transfer from barge to trailer begins with the jacking up of the cargo.
At this point, there are 96 wheels under and moving the cargo.
The next photo taken by Rob Goldman, and taken from the NYS Canal Corporation FB page, on October 31, 2015, shows how the Edwards trailer moves the cargo, one huge piece at a time, off the barge and into the port of Macedon.
Macedon is one of those place names in central NY named for places or people in classical Greek and Roman history. Others are Troy, Ithaca, Palmyra, Greece, Athens, Rome . . . and more; people memorialized in town names here include Hannibal, Scipio, Pompey, Homer, Ulysses, Brutus . . . .
Credit for these photos goes to Chris, Bob, and Rob. My personal connection to Macedon includes the fact that I bought my first car there, less than a half mile from the Canal, and at the time had no clue that it was a port, that it could be connected to the oceans.
Here are previous “port of __” posts i’ve done.
And finally, unrelated, here from another even smaller NY canal port, here’s into on an auction below.
Margot and crew specialize in commercial cargoes to places no longer accustomed to seeing such arrive by Canal. The cargo here is
electrical generators for PSEG a pair of very heavy transformers …. for RG&E Macedon.
Here’s the lowest air draft on the Canal, about 15 feet under Bridge E-93. I’m guessing that an egg positioned at the high point on Margot would have been crushed here. You’ve seen this bridge before on this blog here . . . last photo.
Notice how low the barge is. It’s flooded with water to reduce the air draft of the top of the cargo.
All these photos were taken between Montezuma and Macedon.
Here the tow is exiting Lock 27.
All the above photos were taken by Bob Stopper, frequent upstate contributor to this blog. The next two come thanks to Chris and Eileen Williams, whose work also has been featured here. Here the tow waits to be offloaded just west of Lock 30.
A final photo–mine–I took in March 2015; I include it here to show what travels between the water’s surface and the canal bed.
Bravo to NYS Marine Highway, and thanks to Bob, Chris, and Eileen for these photos.
It’s been a few years since Lehigh Valley 79 was there, but David Sharps added a new feature to the parade–a
to each vessel that passed for review.
And what a potpourri of vessels that was!
Folks who from Monday to Friday work on precision instruments indoors . . . on weekends go to the physics lab on the river and experiment with vectors.
Others compete shoreside commanding line to fly.
If you missed this one, make plans now for 2016.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
The most unambiguous sign of spring is a recreational boat in the sixth boro.
Margot always ranges widely . . . . but when the Erie Canal is still closed for the season, she’s more frequently in the sixth boro.
Buchanan 12 is back doing stonework . . .
big scale. In winter I’ve not seen this. Ice preventing it maybe?
Black-hulled USCG vessels are more common in winter. I’m not sure what Sanibel (WPB 1312) was doing in town.
Another indisputable sign of spring . . . is that big sliver . . . in a vulnerable position vis-a-vis the gull.
All kidding aside, it’s an impressive boat for a guy who immigrated to the US at age 16 and got a job washing dishes . . . if that’s true. I wonder who’s taking that selfie there? Is that a selfie with a circle of friends, a huge boat, and a bridge in the background?
All photos by Will Van Dorp.