AmeriCorps Member Erin King Joins LCMM

Hello, my name is Erin King and I am one of this year’s AmeriCorps members at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. I am from a small town in Missouri right on the Missouri River. I had a pretty amazing introduction to the natural world through family trips and excursions into my home state’s many parks and waterways. From an early …

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Ship’s Log: Schooner Lois McClure, Tonawanda & Buffalo

Erick Tichonuk, Tonawanda & Buffalo With the Niagara Escarpment and Lockport in the rearview mirror (just a figure of speech, we don’t have a rear view mirror on the canal boat), we set our sights on Tonawanda, gateway to the Niagara River.  Historically speaking the original Erie Canal and the Enlarged Erie didn’t utilize the Niagara River to access Buffalo, instead …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure; Lockport, NY

Art Cohn, Lockport, NY As the name implies, Lockport is all about the locks on the canal. One of the great engineering challenges facing the canal builders was to figure out a way over and through the Niagara Escarpment. This natural feature caused the land to rise some 60 feet approximately 30 miles east of Lake Erie. The solution the …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Medina, NY

Art Cohn, Medina, NY The original attraction of the location of the Village of Medina was the water-power of Oak Orchard Creek, which flowed with great potential for water-powered industries that soon were connected to the new Erie Canal. But it was the ancient sandstone deposits in Medina and surrounding communities that would ultimately become the community’s greatest engine of …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Fairport, NY

Erick Tichonuk, Fairport, NY Fairport has an active canal waterfront.  Every time we visit they have to reserve us space because of the popularity with boaters.  This is the result of a community embracing its waterfront.  They embrace the history, provide good boater facilities, and you’re in the heart of the action downtown.  The phenomenon of being downtown when on …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Lyons, NY

Erick Tichonuk, Lyons, NY If you ever wonder whether one person can really make a difference you should crew aboard the Lois McClure.  Nowhere is it more evident than when we pull into a port and everything runs great, from reserved docking space, to crowds of people showing up, to gifts of meals.  No place is the power of one …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Baldwinsville, NY

Drew Stierhoff After a long day of interpreting in Rome, the crew woke up bright and early for a long transit day. With weather forecasts looking grim for the next day, we decided to make the run from Rome and try to cross Oneida Lake in one trip. We moved Churchill up to tow ahead on a long hawser rather …