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The First Mate's Journal
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas
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So close to the Erie Canal but so far...08/22/2008, Tonawanda - Wardells N43o01.321 x W 78o52.862
Okay, after sleeping I'm still not impressed. The other boat left and he was putzing around the yard so I called over there on the phone. I could hear the phone ringing over here as he ran for the office "Wardells" "Hi, I can hear your phone ring across the river (laughing)" "ya, I suppose it's a bit loud". "Can we come over?" "I've got a guy coming over first, to step his boat - it won't take long, I'll call you over after that" "You need to take everything off though first, so do that" "Okay - roger that".
Continuation to first Lock and we're not at the Erie Canal yet!08/21/2008, Black Rock Canal NY
Since we were down bound and it was 4:45pm we had a 15 minute wait to figure out how to do this lock business. A loud voice from skyward (a huge speaker) boomed out "there are ropes for you to grab on the port side of the channel". Wow - how cool. Wayne went forward and I kept the stern. With poles in hand, we fished for the yellow ropes and my hook came off the pole and sunk out of sight, into the yucky water. "oh - hon, slight problem here... do the hooks float?" "What?" "ummmm - do the hooks float?" "The poles?" "Um, nope, just the hook - it came unscrewed" "No!" "Okay" I managed to snag the rope anyways but the entire time kept looking for our new hook in the garbage in the water. Lost cause ...
Continuation of a long day - Lift & Swing Bridges08/21/2008, Black Rock Canal - Erie, PA to Buffalo, NY to Tonawanda NY 1
The Bascule is a lift bridge with a vertical clearance of 17 feet so we had to wait. The Bridge tender said there were 3 boats coming from the other direction and asked if we could wait - sure not a problem. Forward a little, neutral, reverse, kinda good practice for me. From there through the Black Rock Canal to another bridge - this one a swing bridge. When we called, nobody answered on channel 13 so we tried channel 16 too. Still no answer, then we noticed a sign that said wait here until the light changes. More good practice - forward, shuffle to the right, neutral, shuffle back to the left, reverse - don't go past the sign that says stop here... the Black Rock Swing bridge (we soon discovered) opens up right to the Black Rock Locke (say that fast) that lets down bound traffic through the lock on the hour, and up bound traffic through on the ½ hour.