National Historic Landmark

Baltimore Tugboat

Of all of the tugboats working in the Baltimore Harbor and surrounding waters, there are likely few, if any, with the history of the "Baltimore". The Baltimore Tug was built in 1906 by the William Skinner & Sons Shipbuilding Company, which dates back to around 1815. This great port city has an extremely long history with shipbuilding and the prestige that comes with this industry.

In 1993, the Baltimore Tug was declared a National Historic Landmark, quite an honor for this old steamer. Today, it is maintained by The Baltimore and Chesapeake Steamboat Company and can often be found moored behind the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The nearly 85-foot riveted iron hull has stood the test of time and the tugboat's design proudly reflects the styling of yesteryear.

Baltimore Tugboat
Baltimore Tugboat

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This vessel has changed ownership on quite a few occasion and has even survived her own sinking at her dock on the Sassafras Riverin 1979. Nonetheless, she has been raised and remains a living symbol of history, for which we can be proud.

This image was created on a cool Fall day in October 2011.

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Stewartstown Railroad Company

In a previous post we had a look at a historic landmark, which began operations in 1885. The Stewartstown Railroad Company appears to have passed into history at first look, but a closer examination reveals that it remains in operation. Each time I have passed it's location in southern York County Pennsylvania, rail cars and other rail yard equipment has been moved around or completely changed. Yes, there are signs of life here, although the company's future remains uncertain. A serious derailment (2004) and the after-affects of hurricane Agnes (1972) left much of it's rail access limited and attempts to regain connections with the Pennsylvania Railroad and other access routes have been an ongoing challenge legally. But through all of this, the railroad remains in operation and retains it's limited right-of-way with the unwavering dedication of stock holders and volunteers.

Stewartstown Railroad Company - Corner View
Stewartstown Railroad Company - Corner View

Above is an image of the station and offices. The building, built in 1914, looks to be in great shape physically, despite the obvious cracks and crumbling of the foundation's perimeter. I peeked in a window and the interior looks very nice as well.

Below, we zoom in for a closer look at a street-side shipping & receiving doorway and dock area. There was a distracting "No Skateboarding" sign on the door, which I removed in Photoshop.

Stewartstown Railroad Company
Stewartstown Railroad Company

As a longtime fan of railroads, I truly hope the Stewartstown Railroad Company continues to operate and will someday return to prominence. I understand that an occasional excursion is conducted and I will be checking into this, as I would love to take a ride through the back country on this historic railway route.

For more information you can visit the Stewartstown Railroad Company site.

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Rail Yard Equipment

Traveling through southern Pennsylvania you come across many small towns and communities with things of historic value. Such was the case when I passed through Stewartstown where a railroad company was created around 1885.  During it's first nearly 90 years of operation, the Stewartstown Railroad Company provided freight and passenger services to the communities of the Deer Creek Valley and ran a route to New Freedom, connecting to the Northern Central Railway. Just off of a main intersection sits the historic railroad's property, including the original station. With a typical small town feel, you can walk right up to the site and take in it's historical significance.

Rail Yard Equipment - HDR
Rail Yard Equipment - HDR

In this HDR image I simply focused on the rail yard equipment resting on the rails alongside the building. The long arm-type structure extends from a small crane on the track. The small cart reminds me of one of those two-man pumpers with the handle in the middle.  I do not know the technical names, hence the title, Rail Yard Equipment. :-)

Processing

The RAW files (-2, 0, +2) were processed using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. I was able to make all of the adjustments there to obtain this final result. One of the great tools in this package is the adjustment brush where you can apply any effect locally, which save s a ton of time.

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USS Constellation

Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend. For me, it presented an opportunity to settle back into a regular routine after some time away.

Recently, the bicentennial of the war of 1812 was commemorated in Baltimore's Inner Harbor with an event titled "Star-Spangled Sailabration. "Tall Ships" from all over the globe arrived here in Baltimore's harbor for this historic event and I was able to capture some images, which will be posted here soon. Baltimore, particularly Fort McHenry, played a key role in this conflict.

But first things first. I want to begin with a harbor resident and floating museum, the USS Constellation. Decommissioned in February 1955, after 100 years of service, she was relocated to Pier 1 of Baltimore's harbor, now known as Constellation Dock. This ship was built in 1854, replacing the original Constellation frigate (1797 to 1853) and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in May of 1963. This is quite a tourist attraction with people from all walks of life visiting this ship during visits to the area.

For many Maryland natives like myself, I think this great treasure is sometimes forgotten. Below is an early morning shot just off the bow.

USS Constellation
USS Constellation

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This image is a 3-shot bracket (-2 to + 2) taken about an hour after sunrise, just a short walk from the USCGC Taney, posted here previously. It was a good thing arriving early on this visit as news reporters and their associated satellite trucks and equipment were all over the place, including the Today Show's Al Roker. Later in the day it would have been difficult to get a clear shot of most points of interest.

The Constellation Museum is not open at this early hour, so no updated onboard shots (just yet). :-)

I'll close out this post with an image of the stern.

USS Constellation - Stern
USS Constellation - Stern

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I wanted to include a bit more of the ship from this perspective but a local news crew was already setup to the right.

If you are ever in Baltimore you must visit the Inner Harbor and some of the many historic treasure in this area.

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