Town of Waterford Highway #12729 *Auction Extended*

1923 Buffalo 44 Tug Boat / Bell Boat

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High Bid:$3,050.00
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Bidding Ended: Fri, Dec 15  5:55:00 pm ET
High Bidder: ljp
Bid Increment: $50.00
Starting Bid: $25.00
Item Location: 88 South Street, Waterford, Saratoga, NY 12188
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PHOTOS 1,2,3,5,& 6 WERE TAKEN IN 2008 AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE CURRENT CONDITION OF THE BOAT

Tug Buffalo was built in 1923 as a steam tug. The first 25 years were spent as a maintenance tug on the NY Canal System and was then sold to a private company. Now has a 1931 Cooper-Bessemer diesel engine. In 2002 the boat suffered severe engine damage and was idled for several years. In 2005 the Buffalo was donated to the Town of Waterford. Through the efforts of Nobby Peers of Whitworth Marine Service, the engine was repaired in 2007-08. Seen here in September 2008, Tug Buffalo heads to Albany, under its own power, to lead the Waterford Tugboat Roundup Parade. 

That's why they call it a wheelhouse! The Buffalo's engine is "direct reversing" meaning there is no clutch, no transmission, etc and the prop shaft is bolted directly to the engine. When the engine is running, the prop is spinning. To reverse, the engine is stopped and then restarted running backwards. There are no controls in the wheelhouse other than the wheel itself. The captain uses a bell to signal the engineer to control the throttle or reverse the engine. 

Engine was restarted in September 2007.

Currently in dry dock and will need to be moved or docked before the canal closes for the winter.

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Terms of Sale:
All sales are final. No refunds will be issued. This item is being sold as is, where is, with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this item at the buyer request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item. Seller is NOT responsible for providing tools or heavy equipment to aid in removal. Items left on seller premises after this removal deadline will revert back to possession of the seller, with no refund.

  • Year: 1923
  • Make: Buffalo
  • Model: 44
  • Body Style: Tug Boat / Bell Boat
  • VIN/SN: 222464
  • Hours: UNKNOWN
  • Engine Make/Model: Cooper Bessman Engine
  • Cyl: 6
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Transmission Type: N/A
  • Tire Condition: N/A
  • 2WD/4WD: N/A
  • Does the unit operate?: Yes
  • Does the vehicle start?: Yes
  • Are keys available?: Yes
  • Ownership Documents: Bill of Sale Only. Cannot be registered for road use.
  • Mechanical Condition: Poor
  • Mechanical Notes: Valve assembly leaked and there was water in oil. Fixed by crimping cooper pipes, was last running in 2015 , Engine not currently strong enough to tow due to water assembly problem.
  • Body Condition: Fair
  • Body Notes: Hull in Fair condition.
  • Interior Condition: Fair
  • Misc Info: No title or registration. Please check to see if it can be registered or not for use.
  • Titled: No

PHOTOS 1,2,3,5,& 6 WERE TAKEN IN 2008 AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE CURRENT CONDITION OF THE BOAT


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Bid Date Bid Amount Bidder
Dec 1, 2017 - 6:25:28 PM $3,050.00 iljp
Dec 1, 2017 - 6:25:28 PM $3,000.00 imonkey1
Nov 30, 2017 - 8:21:00 PM $2,850.00 imonkey1
Nov 30, 2017 - 8:21:00 PM $2,800.00 iljp
Nov 28, 2017 - 8:07:43 PM $2,550.00 iljp
Nov 28, 2017 - 8:07:43 PM $2,500.00 imonkey1
Nov 28, 2017 - 8:07:30 PM $2,025.00 iljp
Nov 28, 2017 - 8:07:30 PM $2,000.00 imonkey1
Nov 28, 2017 - 8:07:20 PM $1,725.00 iljp
Nov 28, 2017 - 8:07:20 PM $1,700.00 imonkey1
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:08:42 PM $1,525.00 iljp
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:08:25 PM $1,500.00 imonkey1
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:08:26 PM $1,500.00 iljp
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM $1,225.00 imonkey1
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM $1,200.00 iljp
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:07:52 PM $1,025.00 imonkey1
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:07:42 PM $1,000.00 iljp
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:07:43 PM $1,000.00 imonkey1
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:07:27 PM $810.00 iljp
Nov 27, 2017 - 8:07:27 PM $800.00 imonkey1
Nov 26, 2017 - 6:01:52 PM $560.00 iljp
Nov 26, 2017 - 6:01:52 PM $550.00 idieselinblood
Nov 26, 2017 - 6:01:41 PM $440.00 iljp
Nov 26, 2017 - 6:01:41 PM $430.00 idieselinblood
Nov 25, 2017 - 4:43:49 PM $330.00 iljp
Nov 25, 2017 - 4:43:49 PM $320.00 i12333A
Nov 25, 2017 - 4:43:40 PM $270.00 iljp
Nov 25, 2017 - 4:43:40 PM $260.00 i12333A
Nov 23, 2017 - 1:42:58 PM $240.00 iljp
Nov 23, 2017 - 11:02:41 AM $230.00 iAttorneyAuction
Nov 22, 2017 - 3:41:25 PM $220.00 ijennmaher
Nov 21, 2017 - 6:40:16 PM $210.00 ijrb967
Nov 21, 2017 - 6:40:16 PM $200.00 ikeny13126
Nov 21, 2017 - 6:39:52 PM $170.00 ikeny13126
Nov 21, 2017 - 6:39:52 PM $165.00 ijrb967
Nov 21, 2017 - 6:39:38 PM $155.00 ikeny13126
Nov 21, 2017 - 6:39:38 PM $150.00 ijrb967
Nov 21, 2017 - 4:29:20 PM $130.00 ikeny13126
Nov 21, 2017 - 4:29:20 PM $125.00 idieselinblood
Nov 21, 2017 - 4:29:10 PM $115.00 idieselinblood
Nov 21, 2017 - 4:29:10 PM $110.00 ikeny13126
Nov 20, 2017 - 10:50:52 PM $105.00 idieselinblood
Nov 20, 2017 - 10:50:52 PM $100.00 iwillyroome
Nov 20, 2017 - 10:33:55 PM $25.00 iwillyroome