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I’m working backwards still . . . all photos in this post were taken between October 22 and 28.  M/V Mystere . .  works the Hudson river now, but I’d never seen her before this encounter above lock 7.

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The next three photos were taken just above and just below lock 11 Amsterdam, showing use of small boats on the Canal/Mohawk River for bridge and dam work.  Click here to see what park this bridge footing some day will support.

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The repairs have been necessitated by the flooding of 2011.

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Artania II is the last wooden Matthews, built in 1970 and just restored in Michigan, headed home near lock 14.  Click here for photos of the restoration at E. J. Mertaugh Boat Works, satisfying but it loads slowly.

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Here Artania II passes Governor Cleveland.

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Zooming ahead of us is the largest Sea Ray I’ve ever seen . . . Just Because . . . but I forget the loa’

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This Honeywell boat has probably been working on the dredging of Onandaga Lake, now  declared finished.

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I don’t know the story of this vessel, although at first notice I thought it a sporty very low-slung yacht.

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Lil Joe had been doing bridge inspection earlier in the season, as are

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these guys.  I love this Harcon bucket boat and its hydraulically-actuated outriggers.

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And finally . . . taking advantage of the ambiguity of the word craft, here’s the very definition of a bucolic scene, less than 300 feet from the bed of the original Erie Canal in Lyons.

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More canal craft soon . . . maybe tomorrow.

If you’ve seen Graves of Arthur Kill, you know my fascination with ruins.  There are so many canal ruins in central NYS stretching from Buffalo to Albany that I’m actually dividing this post into two.  When you see the batch of photos following this one, you’ll see why I split the two on this zone.

Below is the aqueduct at Schoharie Crossing, not far from where Schoharie Creek flows into the Mohawk River aka Erie Canal.   And besides ruins in this zones, there’s copious

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signage, which I greatly appreciate.

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Less than a quarter mile away, here’s walls of the original Canal.  Note the recesses where the lock doors would retract to when the chamber was open.

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And here’s signage.

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No more than three miles–by water–away, here’s an old lock with

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satisfying signage.

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“Putnam’s Grocery” is just out of the frame . . . to the left, and

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signage.

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This sign with a map puts the whole area together.

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More than 150 miles to the west, here’s more ruins of a double-chamber lock near Lyons.

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More Canal Zones 5 ruins in tomorrow’s post.

All of these photos were taken by Will Van Dorp.

 

Portions of NYS Canals run in the rivers, like here . . . where not a trace of human control of nature can be found except

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here and there a navigational aid, and it would surprise no one if

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a sasquatch would appear on the bank.

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But railways and highways paralleling the canal are there, even though in places trees mask their presence.

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Interstate to the south, and railway AND two-lane to the north.

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Sometimes rail and

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often highways switch banks.

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All photos along the Erie Canal/Mohawk river by Will Van Dorp.

For some appropriate links, check this on the history of the “Western Canal” and the arrival of competing rail.  For more Mohawk Valley rail history, click here.

For  link to many more links about the construction of the NY Thruway through this same area, click here.

For info on the latest mode of transport through the corridor, recreational cycling, clck here.

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