Phoenix

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by Tom Larsen Leaving Oswego for Phoenix brought a shift in the feel of the tour. No longer were we in large water, where the horizon is unbroken by land. Nor were we in a huge shipping channel, with freighters the size of buildings moving past us.  We were back in the American canals, the New York State Barge Canal …

Port Henry

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by Matt Witten October 3, 2011 Port Henry, former home of blast furnaces, dock wallopers, and most recently, of the Champlain Bridge’s new arch. Port Henry’s massive concrete jetty makes an easy target for docking, and sheltered both the Lois and our companion, the historic New York State Tugboat Urger, from the north waves. The town dock is only about …

Fort Edward

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by Art Cohn September 23, 2011 We left Mechanicville and headed north to Fort Edward now confident in our ability to combine the Urger and Lois school programs. Fort Edward is one of those important junction points where the cliché about “location, location, location” is well illustrated. Its position on the upper Hudson River and to waterways leading to Lake’s …

Is there an ECHO in here?

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by Elisa Nelson August 2, 2011 On August 2nd we kicked off our Farms, Forests, and Fisheries tour, by opening the schooner to the public at a new venue for us, the ECHO Center. It was interesting to see the Burlington waterfront from this new perspective.  We have docked at Perkins Pier for seven years as our homeport location.  This …

The 417 Boy Scouts of Three Rivers District

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417 Boy Scouts from Vermont’s Three Rivers District took over the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum this past Saturday for a full day of fun, learning, and hands-on activities. These young men are from Chittenden, Franklin, Grand isle, and Western Lamoille counties in Vermont, and they had their Spring Camporee at Button Bay State Park, and with us! They toured the site, …

Mount Abe High School’s visit to LCMM’s Conservation Lab

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by Paul Gates On April 11, students from Mount Abraham Union High School visited the Conservation Lab, eager to learn about the wonders of preservation. As part of our mission here at LCMM we strive to educate the public about the importance of protecting our invaluable cultural resources. Lake Champlain is a non-salt water environment that is cold, dark, and …

Lake Sailor in Ludlow

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This past Wednesday, LCMM’s educators Rich Isenberg and Tom Larsen went to Ludlow Elementary School to present a Lake Sailor program.  This classroom program simulates canal boat shipping activities on Lake Champlain in the 19th century. Students are put in teams of four, each with a boat to direct.  They get to choose what types of cargo they carry to which …