Two WWII era landing vessels (made locally?) were spotted traveling in the Erie Canal between Tonawanda and North Tonawanda at about 1:30 pm Sunday afternoon.
One craft was named 502, the next was 503 as seen in the attached photos.
Each vessel appeared to have one person, each wearing a personal floatation device. One craft, the 503. carried a mobile home.
The vessel occupants waved to folks along the Erie Canal shore lines.
Who knows, these vessels may have been made at Bell Aero, back in the day for WWII missions.
Somebody gave me this link: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/lcm-gallery.htm
It was also described as a "mechanized landing craft" or a "Higgins" by somebody who saw my photos.
A cousin of mine who was in the military and originally from WNY, says his late father and grandfather told him of these vessels being made in the area.
Would love to know more about these vessels. I hollered out to ask questions, but as you can imagine, the moving vessels were not quiet.
There were headed from North Tonawanda, to the direction of Lockport, NY.