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Ship’s Log: How to get Lois McClure out of the water

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By Elisa Nelson, Schooner Tour and Volunteer Coordinator On the calm morning of September 3, the crew of the Lois McClure took a short trip to Shelburne Shipyard for our Coast Guard-required haul-out and hull inspection. This meant, of course, that Lois had to come out of the water, so we had an exciting (but actually quite slow) morning maneuvering …

From Tree to Stick: A New Mast for Lois

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Wood is a deceptively challenging medium to work with: easy enough for a first-time builder to work with, yet with a learning curve so steep and so broad that no carpenter could ever seriously claim to know absolutely everything about it. And while the tools have improved and techniques debated and refined, the basic principles and traditions behind woodworking have remained unchanged for millennia.

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From Lyons to Fairport, NY!

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Crewman Connor doshan reports they had a few long days of transit before arriving in Fairport, NY. They switched the tug to the starboard side of the Lois (had been on the Port or left side) before beginning our journey so we could easily dock on the left side of the canal in Fairport. They traveled through five locks on …

Lois McClure in Amsterdam, NY

The Hottest Show in Town

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When you travel with the GlassBarge, you’re definitely traveling with the hottest show in town. The furnaces blast away at 2,100 degrees with molten glass, ready to be gathered on the end of a blowpipe and turned into amazing pieces of art. As you travel up the Erie Canal the glass blowers, also known as gaffers, are performing to sold …

Ship’s Log: Schooner Lois McClure, End of the 2017 Legacy Tour

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Matt Harrison Winter is in the air in Vermont and New York and the 2017 Lois McClure Legacy tour has come to a successful conclusion!  The canal boat made 36 stops in communities all along the canals, connecting the public to the history of their local waterways. Thanks to all of our friends who followed along online! As many have noticed, our …

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

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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, Medina, NY

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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 …