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JHK chats with tugboat fleet owner Rob Goldman about the revival and future of shipping on America’s inland waterways. Rob’s company, NYS Marine Highway runs tugboats that push cargo barges through the Erie Canal system and the Great Lakes, as well as along the Atlantic Coast. Rob graduated from Rensslaer Polytechnic as an Architect, got into the pleasure boat marina business, and eventually started his shipping company. It’s not your great-great-grandfather’s Erie Canal anymore.

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About James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

One Response to “KunstlerCast 245 — Sailing America’s Inland Waterways” Subscribe

  1. Karah September 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Very interesting! Thanks.

    Three points about the use of waterways:

    Requires highly skilled labor and overtime.

    Seasonally challenged.

    Cargos are limited in size and environmental impact.

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