Union Ship Canal, Buffalo, NY

July 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

American Mariner of the American Steamship Company at Southside Precast Products by Union Ship Canal.American MarinerSouthside Precast Products The large lake freighters no longer visit Buffalo as often as they once did. I try to make the most of it and track them down when opportunity allows. This was one of those. 

This evening, I headed out to photograph the American Mariner of the American Steamship Company docked and unloading rocks at the Southside Precast Products at the Union Ship Canal.

Yes, I went boat chasing despite knowing the viewpoint would not be good. However, I did not have a photo of the Mariner docked at this point yet so I went anyway. This photo is kind of like time travel. Some decades ago, a ship at the Union Ship Canal would most certainly have something to do with iron ore, steel or coal, or other supplies for the iron processing plants. And no, the wind  mills would not have been there.

It was really windy and holding that 80-400 steady, even on a tripod, was no easy feat. I reached for a higher ISO to get a fast shutter to prevent a shake blur.

Union Ship Canal Commons, a Porthole into Buffalo's History of iron ore, steel, and coal.Union Ship Canal CommonsPorthole into Buffalo's History

I also took advantage of being on this side of the Union Ship canal and looked for interesting angles showing the boardwalk and the installation of the information boards that I have not previously photographed.

There is a lot of history described on just a few boards that are well worth spending some time on. The new Union Ship Canal park, opened in 2011, is one of many additions to the waterfront south of Buffalo. It is surrounded by a multi-purpose trail that connects to the trails to Tifft Nature Preserve, Gallagher Pier, Outer Harbor, and all the way to the Buffalo Main Light.

Do you feel like heading out for a walk, run, a or a bike ride? This is a great starting point, and you can do some reading as you are catching your breath upon your return.

Have fun exploring!

Equipment usedNikon D600 (replaced by Nikon D610)Nikon 24-85mm Nikkor LensHoya 72mm NXT Circular Polarizing Slim Frame Glass FilterThink Tank Speed Demon Waist Pack,  Petzl Zipka Plus 2 Headlamp (always in the bag just in case), SanDisk Extreme 32GB SD CardsNikon Capture NX2

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