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New Aerial Photo of Hojack Swing Bridge

January 18th, 2013

Old site of the Hojack Swing Bridge near the Port of Rochester. [AERIAL PHOTO: Bob Biakowski]
Today’s Fun Foto Friday may not be very fun for rail fans and admirers of the old Hojack Swing Bridge near the Port of Rochester. This is an aerial photo of where the bridge used to be. The shot was taken just a few days ago, on January 14, by Bob Biakowski. Here’s what it looked like before it was dismantled…

The Hojack Swing Bridge as it was. [AERIAL PHOTO: Bing.com]
The Hojack Swing Bridge was built by the King Bridge Company (see references) for the New York Central Railroad in 1905, replacing a previous bridge external link. It served part the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad (RW&O) line, commonly known as The Hojack Line external link, which operated along the south shore of Lake Ontario from Niagara Falls to Oswego. The US Coast Guard had declared the nearly 100-year-old bridge a navigation hazard for boaters, and ordered CSX Corporation to remove it from the Genesee River. Obviously, efforts to save the bridge external link, though valiant, ultimately fell far short.

The Hojack Swing Bridge being demolished. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
You can see more photos of the bridge’s demise here external link …if that sort of thing brings you joy.

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4 Responses to “New Aerial Photo of Hojack Swing Bridge”

  1. Rick says:

    I would love to try my hand at aerial photography! Must be tough to find a perfect day, and then try to rush to get a plane up at the same time.

    Quite a difference in the shoreline from the old pic you linked to, and how the river is today.

  2. June Codding says:

    Way back in the late 1940′s we had blown our horn to go thru the channel by the bridge, even though it was open as was required in our cruiser, “Dutch Gal” when it started to close as another cruiser was starting to go thru from the other direction. He had also blown his horn. The bridge continued to close and struck the deckhouse of that cruiser completely tearing it off. Luckily no one was hurt. The boat was repaired by Miller Boat Works
    which was on the site where Pelican Bay is now.

  3. @June… Great story! Good no one was hurt. But great story.

  4. Richard Margolis says:

    The aerial photograph of the Hojack Bridge is painful to see – but I would like to get a copy of it. How can I contact Bob Biakowski?
    thank you.
    Richard
    473-0070


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