November 2, 2005 Lois McClure
Ship's Log
 

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Scudder Kelvie

Scudder was born in Brooklyn, NY and learned to sail in the Adirondacks when he was eight years old. He began working for the Lake Champlain Transportation Company on the ferry in 1989, which led to jobs in traditional sail, and tug and barge. Scudder joined the museum this year and serves aboard Lois McClure as Second Mate.


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In June when LCMM opens for the season, we will feature a juried exhibit of photographs from the journeys of Canal Schooner Lois McClure and tugboat C. L. Churchill. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit framed prints in color or black and white. Professional photographers will judge and comment on the work.
Registration forms and information for the Spring Juried Photography Exhibit are available by calling Eloise Beil at 802-475-2022, ext 107.

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GREETINGS FROM THE CREW!

Cleaning up Lois McClure for the Season
Scudder Kelvie

Holy topsails, Batman, another season is upon us! On Monday, April 17, we began to remove the schooner’s winter cover, readying Lois for her good work bringing the 19th century history of the lake to life. While this year’s plans aren’t as ambitious as last year’s Grand Journey, the coming season nonetheless promises to be fun and exciting. For me personally, it’s a thrill to be back for my second season with the museum, and I’ve been looking forward to continuing my work aboard the schooner.

Lois will be open to the public and hosting school groups beginning May 3rd, then in Basin Harbor a week or so before the Kids Maritime Festival, and staying through that weekend (June 17 and 18). One of our projects is planned to begin right after the festival, which is a major drydocking. Regular readers of the Ship’s Log might remember that we had planned to do this in Waterford, NY during the Grand Journey. That fell through, so we’ve rescheduled the job with our very good and indescribably supportive friends at the Lake Champlain Ferries. Where would we be without them? Exactly nowhere, which really is no exaggeration. The countless ways they’ve helped the museum and the Burlington Schooner Project are too numerous to list.

The ferry company (Lake Champlain Transportation) will pull the schooner on their historic Crandall Marine Railway at the Shelburne Shipyard so we can paint the bottom. It’s pretty exciting to think about going up on the same railway as the Ticonderoga and the other big lake steamers. But it’s a big job as well, and requires careful planning.

By the time the fireworks go off in Burlington, Lois will be back home in Burlington, where she’ll stay until heading off on a brief tour of the north lake in September and October. With all the touring she’s done over the last couple years, it’s time to show her off in her homeport for awhile. But before any of these things can happen, there’s lots to do.

As was the case last winter, Bosun Len stayed aboard this year to shepherd Lois through the cold rain and snow. In his able hands she fared quite well, and with the rest of the usual Burlington suspects (myself, Matt Davis, and Elisa Nelson) the schooner is starting to come back to life. The greenhouse cover is coming off, a myriad of cleaning jobs have to be done, the plumbing has to be re- commissioned, the spars slushed and the shrouds tarred. The masts need to be re-stepped, the anchor pulled, painting done, sails bent to their spars, and before June 13, we’ll need an inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure both visitors and crew are kept as safe as can be. If the inspection sounds intimidating, it’s not. My experience with the Coast Guard has always been positive, and I think they deserve our appreciation and support.

But so much to be done! As I work, in the back of my mind I wonder what the schooner’s many friends and supporters would think if they could see what a construction zone the boat’s become. Somehow it will all pull together, and we’ll all (friends, supporters, volunteers, and crew) embark on another season of preserving and sharing the history and archaeology of the Champlain Valley, and, with the schooner’s beauty and fantastic story, inspiring people throughout the region to think about, care about, and learn about our communities, our roots, and our shared maritime heritage.


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