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Al, it's always raised for boat traffic to pass. It's only lowered when the rubbish train needs to cross or during the summer months trains like the Cape Flyer, from Boston to Hyannis or the Dinner and excursion trains also cross. They are seasonal only. I believe there are two other lift bridges in the USA, this is the only one left in the UP position, the others are always left DOWN and raised for boats.
Almost correct. At Sault Ste Marie, there are 3 movable train bridges crossing the upper lock approach canals, as well as the fixed road bridge which is the only connecting highway link between Canada and the USA for over 350 miles in either direction on the US side, almost 500 miles if your starting point is in Canada..

The swing bridge on the Canadian side is parked parallel to the canal during shipping season and only rotated for rail traffic and the winter season.

On the American side, the lift bridge over the approach to the MacArthur and Poe locks is only lowered for rail traffic as required. The Poe lock handles the Triple A 1000' freighters

The jacknife bridge over the approach to the Davis and Sabin locks is only raised for the rare occasions that the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers requires access to the upper lock area with their work boats. Those locks have not been used for passing freighters for several decades.

Canadian span. International Railroad Bridge (Sault Ste. Marie International Railway Bridge) - HistoricBridges.org



US spans. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie_International_Bridge

 

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Found this video on You Tube. Modern Marvels did a documentary on the Cape Cod Canal a while ago and it's quite a show. If you have On-Demand on your TV set I'd recommend watching on TV, this videos a grainy recording but better than nothing.

 

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Had some time to hang around the canal a coupe days ago and there was some activity.

This is one of Boston Towing and Transportation's tugs, The Independence tied up at the Mass Maritime Academy's dock. She's the biggest Tractor Tug I've seen, rated at 10,000 HP.
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This one is a McAllister Towing's tugs, Iona McAlister. Funny thing, she's only got one L in McAlister unlike the company name. Turns out one of the ladies in the family married a McAlister. She's a workhorse, always busy with docking work in the Providence area and running canal escort on Buzzards Bay.
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This is Iona McAlister escorting Bouchard Transportation tug Rhea I. Bouchard with an oil barge passing the Mass Maritime Academy campus heading to Portland Maine. That's the RR lift bridge and the Bourne Bridge inn the background.
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Re: Some Winter Pictures of the Cape oCod Canal

Mike, McAllister Towing is a large company with over 75 tugs. When I lived on LI, they had a dock in Port Jefferson harbor. That is going back over 45 years. I believe there is now a park there that is named for them. Nice shots.
 

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Re: Some Winter Pictures of the Cape oCod Canal

Mike, McAllister Towing is a large company with over 75 tugs. When I lived on LI, they had a dock in Port Jefferson harbor. That is going back over 45 years. I believe there is now a park there that is named for them. Nice shots.
I'll have to look up that park, Al, never knew that. I've become a bit of tugboat fan over the last several years and have read a bunch about McAllister and other tug boat companies. There's a lot of maritime history on the eastern seaboard and McAllister is one of the oldest tug companies out there, having begun in 1864.
 

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Re: Some Winter Pictures of the Cape oCod Canal

Mike, McAllister Towing is a large company with over 75 tugs. When I lived on LI, they had a dock in Port Jefferson harbor. That is going back over 45 years. I believe there is now a park there that is named for them. Nice shots.
Al, they still keep two tugs docked in Port Jeff harbor. They look just like those in Mike's pics. They may actually be them, pushing, or towing barges either to, or from the cape.

Nice pics, Mike. You can take a quick ride over to Port Jefferson when you get the chance to stop here. It's only a short drive from my place. You could walk right up to the tugs as they are actually docked (not moored) when in town.

I'll take a ride over there after Christmas week, will take a few close ups of them and post the pics here.
 

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Something else to put on your list, Mike. The FDNY fireboat, which is now permanently docked in Greenport (L.I.) Harbor. It has a storied history, and is now open for walk through tours.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj_z8_6j6PYAhVkcd8KHVAvDNMQFggnMAA&url=http://www.greenportvillage.com/fireboat-fire-fighter/&usg=AOvVaw0fcvxOmtnYMzoXnU4K0wBm Then click on their website "www.americasfireboat.org"

MTF member eastcreek (Roger) is a retired FDNY firefighter who served on this boat's sister "ship". He knows the workings of this boat inside, and out. Very interesting.
 

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Mike, here's a link for you: McAllister County Park

Dave, they are possibly the same tugs, but hard to say with so many. Cool to watch anyway. NY harbor is a great place to watch tugs, if anyone is over that way.
 

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Pictures are so neat! Brrrr! Looks cold, but that's just me...
Thanks-Mike for the pictures--and the other guys for the history lessons....

I'm going to post some seaside pictures, from down south, so you'll can warm up....

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Neat photos, Mike! Looks like fun watching and hearing them go by. :)
Just a steady thrum coming from the stacks, pure music to my ears and very picturesque to see passing by.

The Tug in my avatar is the Buckley McAllister, her engines are V16's.
Powered by two, Tier III compliant, Caterpillar 3516CHD diesel engines. She was the first Tier III compliant tug in McAllister Towing's fleet. With Lufkin gearboxes, turning two, Schottel SRP1215 "z drives." For a rated 5,150 horsepower.
Here's a link to the Engine.
 

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Just a steady thrum coming from the stacks, pure music to my ears and very picturesque to see passing by.

The Tug in my avatar is the Buckley McAllister, her engines are V16's.


Here's a link to the Engine.
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Nice! Wouldn't it be fun to spend a day job shadowing a tug boat operator?
 

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Nice! Wouldn't it be fun to spend a day job shadowing a tug boat operator?
That would be very cool. I put in for a job on a tug as a Deck Hand a fist full of years ago but missed the opportunity. But in reality, you spend a lot of time away from home. Some go two weeks on and a week off, that's a tough schedule to take with a family. If I was a kid again and unattached I'd be all in.
 

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Here's the view from this morning, been a very cold stretch of weather around here. With the return of the bitter cold the ice is back on Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod Bay and washing back and forth through the canal with the ebb and flow of the tides. Today it's 37 degrees and boy what a difference compared to the last 10 days or so.
1)-Looking east at the Bourne Bridge.
2)-Looking west through the RR lift bridge.
3)-Tug Genesis Eagle pushing a fuel barge east bound.
4)-Genesis Eagle and her escort tug Justice.
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