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In my personal life, the beginning of a calendar year seems the best time for maintenance, new starts, re-evaluations. Today I cleared out and organized a tool closet, tossing out with gusto and energy what I hadn’t been able to . . . in “cleaning” attempts for the past few years.
Lou Rosenberg sent this foto; even QM2 needs touch-ups. Here are some fotos I took of QM2 arriving in the sixth boro for the first time in April 2004.
Finally, Captain Thalassic sent some fotos from up on the Erie Canal, Lock 28A, where Erie Canal boats Emita II (1953) and Colonial Belle dry out their hulls over the winter, as does
Just north of Union Street in Newark, NY, the Canal narrows. And given the foliage on either side, the engine approaching echoed as in a tunnel.
Tender #1 headed east toward Lock 28B right past the still-waiting Grouper and
into the gate, which closed
once the tow was inside
guided by a steady hand on wheel, not joystick.
Once the westside lock door shut, water spilled out
lowering 12′ in less than 5 minutes.
The Lyons-side door opened and
the tow pushed through
So here’s my agenda. Click here and you’ll see that voting has already started for the favorite tug at the 2010 Tug Roundup in Waterford. What if I’d like to vote for Tender #1? There’s no place for “write-in” candidates. I’d like to vote for this Canal Corporation tug as my favorite because it just appeared when I needed to hear and see something like Tender #1.
And what a great name!
If you enjoy research, here’s one that stumped me: Tender #1 is reportedly listed as built in 1928. Where?
All fotos taken this week by Will Van Dorp.
Oh, and be sure to vote ASAP. And tell your friends and friends’ friends to vote. Use Facebook and the telephone book, but within your network, you really can make ANY boat win if you try.