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Below was the lead photo in Whatzit 3, January 10,  2009.  Bowsprite took the photo from her cliff in late October of that year, and several months later asked me if I knew what it showed.  I had no clue.

Eventually we figured it out, and only recently it occurred to my “slowness” that the tow must have come through the Erie Canal. Now thanks to “group sourcing,” we know that this unusual tow did enter the NYS Canals in Oswego on October 19, 2008.  Kudos to Isaac Pennock for locating this page, credited to Jon Vermilye, whose site can be found here.

Above and below, M. R.  Kane arrived with the ex-future HMS Detroit and put it in push mode to enter lock O-8, entry point from the Great Lakes to the interconnected waterways to salt water.  For War of 1812 history fans, here‘s basic background on the construction and fate of the original HMS Detroit.

Notice the upper helm on the tug  . . . allowing the captain to see over the “tow”.

Here the tow departs lock O-6.

 

Many thanks to Jon, Isaac, and bowsprite for these photos. Is it possible that someone along the other 27 locks between Oswego O-6 and the sixth boro might have gotten photos of this unusual tow?  Maybe someone got photos of the tow at its final destination, which I think was somewhere in Narragansett Bay?  I checked with the owner of the tug here and they had none, they said.

Maybe one of these years, SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will make its way back to Oswego, via the Saint Lawrence, of course.

Isaac works on a Great Lakes freighter and has created this invaluable database.

 

Tugster has been a work in progress, evolving organically, without a foreseen plan.  So I just noticed that although I’ve done many posts on autumn sail, I’ve not used the summer sail title.  Until now.

What better place to start than with SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.  GCaptain calls it a 21st century ship mindful of its historic roots.  It heads to Boston this weekend to pick up its first crew!   I caught the photo here back on June 27, but the prescient bowsprite caught it passing through the sixth boro here over seven years ago.

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Also, in late June near 79th Street, I caught schooner Columbia, another 21st century sailing vessel with vintage lines a la Burgess.

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Sloop Woodie Guthrie is currently undergoing a makeover in Kingston.  You can donate to help here.

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I believe this is OMF Ontario, on the hard over in Lysander, NY. In the background that’s an unidentified tender 1937 tender Dana II (Thx, JD) and  Reliable, the sad (engineless) twin of Syracuse. See more of Reliable and Syracuse here.

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Anyone know why OMF Ontario is still on the hard?  Launched in 1994 at the site of the former Goble yard in Oswego, It purports to be the first Oswego-built schooner since 1879!   I’d love to learn more.

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Here’s OMF Ontario rigged and at the dock in August 2013.

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Here’s Steelwinds, a wind turbine cluster built on part of a former Bethlehem Steel plant south of Buffalo and designed to take advantage of the fetch created by the prevailing SWerlies.

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Here’s 1992 built Spirit of Buffalo.  Does anyone have photos of her transiting through the sixth boro, the Hudson, and Erie Canal back in May 2009?

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Here’s another 21st century sailing ship, also with vintage roots that go back way further than the 19th century, and a close up

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of her figure head.  Click here for a good starting point of this vessel’s construction.

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And finally, here’s Inland Seas, anchored near the Straits of Mackinac.   For more on the ship project and its late founder, click here.

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All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who is back in the sixth boro but unpacking from the Go West trip and planning a Go North trip .

Warning:  I have no reasonable idea what bowsprite has captured here. Possibly the sight has so befuddled her that she kept these shots from me for 10 weeks.  She took these on October 23, 2008.  The material looks to be steel like a barge, but the shape is certainly sailing vessel.  Two collars seem destined to support a—-well—-bowsprit.

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The raised quarterdeck resembles something pre-20th century, and the pointed frames port and starboard could lend themselves to bulwarks if

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the entire exterior were covered with wood or synthetic wood.  Provenance upriver and destination we have no clue about.  Wherezit taken?

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It’s directly below bowsprite’s cliff dwelling.  Yes, that’s the Colgate clock in Jersey City just north of the Morris Canal.

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Total mystery to me:  prop for a movie, retro-design cruise ship,  toy for Bernie Madoff/Dennis Kozlowski & fellow white-collar corsairs party on the MV Albert B. Fall, pirate interdiction vessel to be dedicated to keeping ersatz Gucci and Rolex products off Manhattan sidewalks, released super-mothership of the Rip van Winkle’s “strangely dressed” befuddlers post-ransom payment?    Bowsprite seems to have lost the temporary anxiety resulting from the sighting.  Any ideas?  Actually, I can’t identify the tug either.

Anyone offering info leading to the correct identification of this “spiky conundrum” will be offered the opportunity to post mystery vessel fotos of his/her own.  Hey . . . it’s been over a year since I last put up a relief crew post, but the next one would be “Relief Crew 8.”

Postscript:  Thanks to comments by John Brown and Jim, the mystery ship is identified here.

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