August 12, 2005 Lois McClure
Ship's Log


Sandy Jacobs

Sandy was born in Cambridge, MA and grew up in New Hampshire, always loving boats and the water. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming an insurance broker in Vermont. Sandy is retired now and lives with his wife in Shelburne, VT. He has logged many volunteer hours piloting the tugboat C. L Churchill.

August 16 & 17, 2005
As the schooner Lois McClure tours down to the World Financial Center in New York City, her sponsors, including Cabot Creamery and the State of Vermont, are setting up two days of fun and activities, showcasing all that Vermont has to offer.

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Many Thanks to our Sponsors, without whom this trip would not have been possible:


Written July 28, 2005 Beacon, NY
Sandy Jacobs

Sunday, July 24th was our last day of hosting the public in Poughkeepsie and once again the day was hot with almost no breeze. The weather, however, did not discourage another large crowd of enthusiastic visitors from visiting the schooner. Our presence on the waterfront seems to bring with it a renewed awareness of the virtues of these historic harbors. Many a visitor commented how long it had been since they had ventured down to the Hudson and how pleasant it was to be here again.

The unexpected appearance of the venerable sloop Clearwater to a pier just about 100 yards south of our location was a great and pleasant surprise. The reproduction 1850’s Hudson River sloop was built in 1969 with the inspiration of folksinger Pete Seeger and has helped raise awareness of environmental stewardship for the river. I was particularly excited when our Captain Roger Taylor and I were invited by the Clearwater crew to participate in a public sail. We enjoyed a very interesting couple of hours sailing with them and seeing how sloops of this era were handled. It was particularly informative to compare notes with them on how we sail our 19th century canal schooner. The biggest difference is that Clearwater’s mainsail is three times larger than Lois McClure’s. Sloops along the Hudson River were concerned with catching as much wind as possible, especially in the light winds frequent on the river. On the other hand, Lois McClure’s rig is simpler in order to put up and down more quickly.

Monday was moving day for us and it was another steamy hot and humid day. In the midst of this sapping heat, we had to first retrieve the two anchors we had we had set to help hold us of the Poughkeepsie dock. The anchors were well set with plenty of line and the retrieval brought a serious sweat out of the crew. With anchors finally on deck, we were off to the south and the community of Beacon on the east side of the river some 14 miles south of Poughkeepsie. The trusty C.L. Churchill pushed the schooner to Beacon passing many modern tugs and barges along the way and reminding us that the commercial era we are interpreting is still active on the river.

We were invited to Beacon (formally Fishkill Landing) by one of the captains of Woody Guthrie, a miniature Clearwater that is home-ported there. We were told we could lay over at a new, but unused ferry landing for some much needed R&R and vessel maintenance. Tuesday morning all hands are turned to painting, mending and cleaning-oh the life of a sailor! At around 9:30 a tall, thin elderly man in a large sun hat stopped by to admire our unusual-looking vessel. He seemed captivated by our project. As I spoke to him he mentioned that he had been involved with a similar project some years ago. When he mentioned that the project was Clearwater, I suddenly realized I was talking to Pete Seeger himself. What a special treat it was to meet and speak with a man who has had such a profound influence on society through his music and his environmental convictions.

Beacon has been a great place for us to gather ourselves for a busy four days in Newburgh, the bustling community just across the river. The crew of Woody Guthrie hosted our crew to a glorious Tuesday evening sail. We have plans to sail Lois McClure when we transit to Newburgh and everyone is hoping that the winds will be right.

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