Welcome dock at Hudson Crossing Park just north of Lock C5.
The next time you are at lock C5 pull into the dock on the northeast side and explore one of the best kept secrets along the river. But, it won’t be a secret for long. Hudson Crossing Park celebrates the Hudson River
and the importance of this location as a river crossing point throughout history. You can see the remnants of several crossings, but not so visible are the fordings made by travelers hundreds, even thousands, of years ago.
By Judy Dean
Winters are busy for boaters because they are planning their trips and activities for the upcoming summer, so let’s begin that planning right now.
This past summer’s beautiful weather did not bring an increase to travel and traffic on the Hudson River/Champlain Canal. Boaters reported almost daily that “we were about the only ones up and down the river”. Fuel prices were reasonable, so what was the problem?
The situation reminded me of an article that BOTH’s own Editor John Vargo had written a couple of years ago about the underutilization of the Hudson River and NYS Canal System. He and I are in agreement and have had subsequent conversations since then and have wondered - are we the only people who realize what a magnificent, clean and accessible Hudson River and NYS Canal System we have?? Are we the only people who can see the myriad of opportunities for travel, exploration, fun and truly soulful experiences are found on the Hudson River and NYS Canal System??
Obviously we are not, but this magazine is currently the only publication devoted to the promotion of the river and canal system.
Question: When I winterize my boat can I leave my battery or batteries in the boat for the winter?
Alex: The answer really depends on the boat, personal watercraft or sailboat. Every boat, properly wired has a master switch with off/1/2. Some modern boats have a draw, or drain on the batteries even with the battery switch in the off position... READ FULL ARTICLE
Bringing New York’s “Marine Northway” Back Into Commercial Action
As New York’s leading Chamber of Commerce for the marine industry and advocate for the Canal System, it makes sense that the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County should count among its members the leading tugboat transportation company serving our inland waterways.
By Ralph J Ferrusi
Thursday morning, October 14, 1943 383 8th Air Force heavy bombers—B-17’s and B-24’s—lifted off from nineteen bases in southeastern England: destination, the ball-bearing factories in Schweinfurt, in central Germany. Sixteen 305th Bomb Group, 364th Bomb Squadron B-17’s lift off the runway in Chelveston, England.
My wife Kathy’s uncle, Staff Sergeant Russell Joseph Kiggins was a tail gunner on one of the B-17’s. Schweinfurt was his sixth mission.
Schweinfurt was very heavily defended. 60 B-17’s—600 men—failed to return to England. The mission became known as Black Thursday. Thirteen of the 364th’s B-17’s never even reached Schweinfurt, lost to machine guns, cannons, and rockets fired by swarms of single- and twin-engined German fighters.
Hidden Osmotic Blisters
The owner of a bass boat was taking good care of his boat. He never considered applying epoxy barrier on the hull because he took it out of the water and kept it on the trailer after he used it.