July 20, 2005 Lois McClure
Ship's Log


Krissy Kenny , a native Vermonter, has volunteered for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for seven years in the Conservation Lab, on the dive team, and now aboard Lois McClure. She is a recent graduate of South Burlington High School and plans to attend the University of Vermont this fall to study nautical archaeology.

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July 20, 2005 Kingston, New York
Krissy Kenny

The maroon 15-passenger van arrived at Scarano's shipyard in Albany around one o'clock on a hazy July afternoon. Yellow hardhats lay strewn on the ground and the crew was taking a much-needed break, admiring the tall masts that had just been re-stepped on the Lois. While the main crew spent the afternoon re-rigging the sails, the rest stared hopelessly at the open hood of the van - what a way to start rotation three!

Van fixed and on it's way, rigging complete and new crew arrivals ready, Lois McClure set out in the morning for a hot, hazy and humid day on the waters of the Hudson River. Anchored out in the water for the night we weathered a gusty storm and made an ice run making us ready for another day on the river. We encountered large steel barges under tow, towering bridges, jostling wakes from other boats and two tour boats from Kingston who gave us a friendly "Hello" as they made their way past us.

We pulled into Kingston right in front of the Hudson River Maritime Museum (HRMM) ate a quick lunch and set up shop. We were enthusiastically greeted by the staff of HRMM and were offered awesome t-shirts they had made just for our arrival and stay. They also gave us the use of their shower, which was greatly appreciated.

For the next few days we enjoyed talking to folks, with live music and a lunch provided by the sea scouts. As the days went by, the weather became hotter and wetter; needless to say it was more humid than a sauna. We were fortunate enough to be accompanied by Cabot's yellow world-champion cheese RV which was air-conditioned and had a stove and a refrigerator.

Our last day was spent avoiding the heat and the downpours as much as possible but it was a pleasure interpreting for the real history buffs who had turned out to see us on our last day in Kingston. With all our equipment packed up we went to bed hoping the winds would be with us to carry the crew to the next port of call.

The Hudson River Maritime Museum, located in the historic Rondout waterfront at Kingston, NY, is dedicated to preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it.
Visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays 11 am to 4 pm from April 30 through October 31, 2005.

Phone: 802-475-2022