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      The following images were shot at the NY State Canal Corporationís Waterford Repair Facility during the summer 2003 refit of the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge.
To learn more about this project visit: The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
      The images on page one were shot in early July, 2003. The images on pages two and three were shot on August 16, 2003.

  Due to the successful cleanup of Americaís waters during the 1990ís, wood-eating marine borers are back in the NY harbor. Marine Divers confirmed that the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge #79, home to The Waterfront Museum & Showboat Barge, had extensive teredo and gribble shipworm activity. These wood-eating marine animals which bore holes and tunnels in the surface of the wood, (they produce up to 100 million eggs per female), will weaken the planks to the extent that without care, the barge was unlikely to survive another two seasons.

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Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
  1914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in drydock at the NY State Canal Corporation's Waterford, NY repair facility, 2002.
Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
  Stern View of 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79 at drydock. LV#79 is the only surviving wooden railroad covered barge of the Lighterage Era (1860 -1960) afloat today.
Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge
  Exposed Bow of the Lehigh Valley Barge #79 at drydock
©2003 Chris Queeney Photography
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chris@seafoto.com
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