Life on the canal

July 27 One of the great things about returning to ports we’ve visited in the past is that we get to see old friends. Last night in Fort Edward, Darlene DeVoe and her husband, Adam, hosted a super dinner for the crew at Ye Old Fort Diner owned by John Webber. We couldn’t decide  which …

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Archeology in Fort Edward

On Monday morning Erick, Emily, Molly and I had the rare opportunity to visit an active archeological dig. We accompanied Neal Orsini, our guide and owner of the Anvil Inn (and also the 30,00th visitor on board the Lois in 2007), to the Sutler’s House site adjacent to old Fort Edward. All of us were …

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Exploration in Fort Edward

On Sunday after we docked in Fort Edward, several members of the crew (Erick, Molly, Jeff and I) chose to go for a stroll to visit an abandoned lock from the old Champlain Canal. The lock was really cool, with a river flowing down the middle. A fully intact tow path sat on one side.  …

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I first came to Whitehall about 30-years ago when our dive team began studying the War of 1812 wrecks sunk in the vicinity. I fell in love with Whitehall then, its location on lake and canal, its special history and its people. This year’s visit didn’t disappoint. This was our first public stop and had …

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An evening at Ticonderoga

July 23 We anchored off of Fort Ticonderoga at about 4:30.  It was pretty hot.  It’s my first time on the boat and so far it’s been really fun!  Emily and I thought that Ticonderoga was the perfect spot to go swimming. We were right.  A lot of us spent a good hour jumping off …

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And we’re off!

July 25 Can’t believe it’s been four days since we left Basin Harbor. The Commissary (me) thanks all who have been so generous with goodies–Don for the fresh-picked blackberries (gone); Cindy for the blondies (gone); Sam for the very decadent chocolate cake (gone); Adam for the garlic and tomatoes (just ripe–BLT’s for lunch); Paul for …

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Last-minute schooner preparations

Hello all, Welcome to the new blog of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum! This replaces the emailed Ship’s Logs, stores everything in one spot, and best of all, allows YOU to comment!  We’d love to hear your thoughts – just click on “leave a reply.” You can still receive this information via email – simply …

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2009 Quadricentennial Tour – Flagship of the Quadricentennial

2009 marked the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s visit to the lake that now bears his name. Lois McClure traveled to ports all along Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont helping lake communities commemorate this historic event. Read more about this journey through the Ship’s Logs.

2008 Our Shared Heritage Tour

In 2008, the schooner Lois McClure traveled north to the Province of Quebec, stopping at ports-of-call along the way. She was in Quebec City for their 400th anniversary celebration, commemorating the founding of that city in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Then Lois McClure traveled to the St. Lawrence communities of Montreal and Trois-Rivieres, and then south …

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