August 20, 2005 Lois McClure
Ship's Log


Sarah Lyman
After attending Boston University for a bachelor's degree in Archaeology, Sarah Lyman learned to SCUBA dive and began at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum as an intern in the Conservation Lab. This is her fourth year at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, where she works as an archaeologist and educator. Sarah is a full-time crew member aboard Lois McClure on the Grand Journey and also serves as an operator of the inflatable tender.

was fantastic! The schooner Lois McClure toured down to the World Financial Center in New York City, and on August 16 and 17, her sponsors, including Cabot Creamery and the State of Vermont, set up two days of fun and activities, showcasing all that Vermont has to offer.

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New York City
Sarah Lyman

All hands were somewhat tense in preparation for the Big Day. Lois McClure was entering New York harbor, the farthest she'd been from home, but more to the point, in the most commercially active waters we'd witnessed so far. We were ready.

The schooner pulled away from the dock at Constitution Island and began her journey south. We stopped overnight at the Julius Peterson boatyard in Nyack, and continued on down the Hudson. What a phenomenal view as we passed the Palisades under cloudy skies, an occasional hawk flying overhead.

We passed Yonkers and we began to see the impact of the Big Apple, as green and trees began to be replaced by steel and brick.

Southwards we went, past the Empire State Building, and the vents for the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. We had made it. We were in Manhattan!

That evening we stayed overnight in New Jersey, resting up for an early morning. We awoke around 3:30am, preparing for a pre-dawn departure. Pushing off the dock at 5, we immediately began putting up sail. As soon as we were ready, Captain Roger gave the order to hoist sails and we did, first mainsail, and then foresail. We harnessed the wind, tacking back and forth across the New York City harbor, with the Statue of Liberty behind us and Manhattan in front of us.

And then the sun rose. Behind Manhattan, the contrast was serene and spectacular. Purple and pink amidst the gray and glass. The waters were still quiet, before the morning water taxi rush hour began.

Channel 1 News from NYC was following us in a helicopter overhead ("keep smiling!") and then the fire boat approached us and gave us a fabulous spray of water, complete with red and green dyes.

We hauled in sail and docked at North Cove at Battery Park City under tow (myself and Kerry in the inflatable Oocher) smooth as silk, greeted by friends and family, including Senator Leahy. The next three days were a blur and flurry of activity. Many businesses in Vermont came to the showcase The Best of Vermont in Manhattan, located adjacent the boat at the World Financial Center. There was wood turning, maple tasting, Vermont vacations, historic games, all orchestrated by the Farm Families who own Cabot Creameries. In the evenings we hosted events for Lane Press and Basin Harbor Club.

I have been struck by the variety of shapes, colors and sizes of people that have come aboard, perhaps since we offer this visit at no charge. It was especially striking Manhattan. We had visitors who worked in the World Financial Center, dressed in suits, and on their lunch break, fascinated by the history we were interpreting. We also had young kids in a summer youth program who were experiencing being on a boat for the first time. What a wonderful thing for us as interpreters; to be able to share this with folks at such different levels, but to know that both walked away saying "Wow. That was great."

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