In New York: Lone Voyager

I've got a mule; her name is Sal.

Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal.

—American folk song Captain Olaf Kaldefoss does not have a mule to pull his boat through the Erie Canal. He has a pair of 25-year-old diesel engines, one of which has just been overhauled. But he is confident that they can move his craft, the 256-ft. M.V. Day Peckinpaugh, through the canal at a stately, steady speed of 8 m.p.h., and so is the ship's engineer, a compact, muscular fellow named Dan Sauvey. So, with the sun just clearing the horizon and beginning to burn off the mist shrouding...

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