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Replacing Rigging Wires
Richard
Sun Nov 28 0:00:00 EST 2010, Fulton, NY

Maggie laying out the old rigging wires alongside the new ones so the new wires can be cut to the correct size.

Tue Nov 30 14:49:50 EST 2010 | yann
i am sure you will feel better! :)
Tue Nov 30 19:17:56 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
When the rigging wire replacement is finally finished, yes, I will feel better :)
In the Lock
Maggie/Richard
Sat Nov 27 17:59:41 EST 2010, Oswego Canal, NY

In the lock, waiting for the doors to open.

Intersection
Maggie/Richard
Fri Nov 26 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

The sign at the intersection of the Erie and Oswego Canals. At this point, we left the Erie Canal (which continues to Buffalo), and entered the Oswego Canal (which goes to Lake Ontario).


Governor Roosevelt
Richard
Thu Nov 25 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

The stately tug, Governor Roosevelt.

Long Stretch
Maggie/Richard
Wed Nov 24 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

There are lots of long stretches like this in the Erie Canal.

Leaking Doors
Maggie/Richard
Tue Nov 23 0:01:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

The leaks in the doors are not a problem, just somewhat interesting to watch.

Misty Approach To Lock 18
Maggie/Richard
Tue Nov 23 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Lock 18, early in the morning.

Dredge Working
Richard
Mon Nov 22 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Dredge picking up rocks at the side of the river and putting them on the barge.

Lock 17
Maggie/Richard
Sun Nov 21 0:00:00 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Lock 17 was the only difficult lock we had. Due to the way the water enters this lock, they want all boats to be on one side of the lock, which for boats heading in our direction, would be on the port side. Issuma has reels of rope attached to the lifelines on the port side that prevent coming alongside a wall on the port side.

We talked with the lockmaster, and he was definite about what side we needed to tie up on (and there is a sign to that effect on the lock before it), but said we could back in if we needed to. Backing in would have been relatively easy, except for the corner in the river just before the lock (not seen in the picture), where the water goes around a bridge support. There is a sudden change in the current at this point, which I was unable to get around in reverse.

So we used ropes to shore and, by a combination of pushing and slowly motoring in reverse, backed up to the lock, then we got aboard and reversed into the lock. It took about an hour in total to enter the lock (an advantage in being the only boat heading north this time of year is that you're not delaying anything if you're slow :) ).

Tue Nov 23 18:09:54 EST 2010 | will vandorp
back a few years ago, we had the same unusual request at that lock.
Wed Nov 24 18:01:01 EST 2010 | Richard Hudson
They had a simlar request at another lock further on, but that was due to a teemporary situation--some logs clogging one of the intake valves, I think. After a lot of discussion, they allowed us to lock thru on the side they didn't wan't us on. We were tied bow and stern to wires running vertically down the lock, so we had no problems.
Lock 11
Maggie/Richard
Sat Nov 20 17:48:23 EST 2010, Erie Canal, NY

Approaching Lock 11

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