Day 4 of our trip home More locks, some rain, and one of the worlds highest lift locks

We started today in Amsterdam NY, and ended the day in Ilion NY.   We continued meandering along the Mohawk river and eventually  left the Mohawk river and continued on the man made part of the Erie canal.   The canal was full of sticks and logs.  One of the “go fast” power boats we were following through the locks picked up a large log/tree and was disabled for a while.  They kept running ahead but the turtle kept catching them at the next lock.   DSE_2286

Early in the day it was sunny and clear and the trees and bridges reflecting in the water was very prettyDSE_2309


Later the rain arrived…………….

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The crew helping in the lock

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Some of the lock walls were smooth steel or concrete, some like this were quite ruff.  All were dirty and wet so they needed gloves.


The view from the top of a lock one raised to the top


Entering lock #17 which is one of the highest lift locks in the world


The entry is a large gate the raises up.


At the bottom of the lock


Water filling the lock

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Finished for the day at Ilion Marina





Day 3 of our trip home and lots of locks

Leaving Waterford via the Erie canal you go through the highest amount of lift in the shortest distance any where in the world.  The Waterford flight of docks raises the boat over 150 via 5 locks.  The crew has to keep the boat next to the wall but not crashing into the wall. They reported that they will not need to go to the gym today.

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We followed the Mohawk River through a few more locks past Schenectady, to Amsterdam where we tied up for the night.


Yes it is very turbulent as the lock fills pushing the boat all around.


Next to most of the locks was a dam.




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We were glad this barge was not in the lock with us.


A train went over the lock just as we were going under the bridge.




Tied up at Amsterdam City dock for the night.



Day 2 of our trip home and our first lock

We had a mostly uneventful night anchored in Newburgh Cove except  when the anchor alarm went off due to the tide pushing the boat the other direction from the anchor from where we started.   The river current was flowing south but due to the tide was flowing north. The beautiful sunrise made up for that minor drama.



Sanctuary’s Dance overnight

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Our goal for today was to get to the Troy Lock north of Albany.  On the way there we went past numerous bridges and light houses.  We saw the Rondout, Saugerties, and Hudson Athens lighthouses.


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After the Troy lock we tied up in Waterford at the town dock, behind a sailboat from bowers Harbor MI.  The Troy lock was the first of many we will pass through on the trip home.  Waterford is the beginning of the Erie Canal.

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Tomorrow to first lock of the Erie Canal.

Day one of our trip home and Happy Birthday to Steve

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We went North past West Point, past the Bear Mountain Bridge, Newburg Bridge, and Poughkeepsie Bride.

We anchored for the night in Vanderburgh Cove by Esopous Meadows Lighthouse, where we watched a beautiful sunset over the Catskill Mountains.

What a great day!


Travel Plan

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We plan to leave from Stony Point New York, Patsy’s Bay Marina on Saturday.   We will then be traveling north on the Hudson River.

Once we get to Albany we will connecting with the Erie Canal and following it to Buffalo.


Welcome to the Travels of Sanctuary Blog


This is where we will chronicle the travels of our “new” boat a Defever 41 trawler.  We will be bringing her back from NY via the Hudson River, Erie Canal and the Great Lakes to Muskegon MI