Pictures from Waterford NY
by Eric Schadow
Waterford NY is located at the confluence of the
Mohawk River (Erie Canal) and the Hudson River. It is
situated roughly half way between New York City and
Montreal. This is a very historic area and Waterford
is one of the earliest incorporated villages in the
United States. Waterford has a beautiful dock area in
a nice small village setting just below Lock 2 of the
Erie Canal. (click for website).
My family and I had the pleasure of visiting Waterford
three times this summer with a chance to view some
fabulous water craft.
The first visit was to the Annual Steam Boat Festival.
It was very hot and the dock area is all concrete so
we kept to the shade as much as possible. I thought
fooling with old outboards was enough just think of
having to work a steam engine for propulsion.
Most of the boats were well maintained and were really
Erie Canal Lock 2 is just upstream from the Waterford
Dock. As we were returning to our car we stopped and
watched a small boat approach and enter the lock. We shouted back and forth and I found out
they had spent the last five days traveling the Erie
Canal starting in Buffalo NY. What a Hoot!!! The guy
in the middle was pretty sunburnt but they were having
a great time.
in the lock and waiting for the lock master to lower
A few weeks later my family and I were able to catch up
with Brad Indicott and his V-39 "Leah Gent" when he
was tied up to the Waterford Dock Wall. He and his wife
were wonderful and talked with us for quite a while.
This boat is just wonderful. The V-39 is on the top of
my "retirement cruise" boat lists. (click for Brad's website)
Waterford hosts an annual Tugboat Roundup Festival
every year the weekend following Labor Day. I dragged
my family, yet again, to the Waterford Dock. This
website describes the
| two of the
dozen or so tugs tied up to the wall
We arrived later
in the afternoon and the boats were closed for tours
so we did not get to climb around on the boats.
We strolled down to the end of the dock and came to
the point where the Erie Canal flows into the Hudson
The Picture above points the
way north to Lake Champlain or west to the Eric Canal.
Canal boat rides were taking place during the
| the tour boat during
the ascent of the lock
I have watched boats go
through the locks since I was a kid. I can remember my
dad holding my hand so I would not fall in while I was
peeking over the side. This was long before the fences
around the locks were installed. I plan on using the
Eric Canal locks next summer in my AF4Grande.
Thank you for letting me share these photos.