Erie Canal

Captain’s Log, Part 1

At 10:00 a..m. on May 31st, the tug C. L. Churchill towed the replica Lake Champlain Canal schooner Lois McClure, with the outboard-powered, inflatable boat Oocher standing by, out of her narrow berth at Perkins Pier in Burlington harbor. We were getting underway for the schooner’s tenth voyage, a four-month trip carrying a cargo of history …

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Captain’s Log, Part 7

On September 5th, the Lois McClure left Oswego and headed home. In terms of ports-of-call, we were halfway there: Oswego was our twentieth stop out of forty. Number 21 was Phoenix, up the Oswego River. On the way, we went up through seven locks. Tom Larsen, the first mate, and I usually stand one-hour tricks …

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Half Moon

by Jean Belisle 24th of September, it is 7 in the morning but I can’t see anything  A very thick fog is covering Amsterdam. But like magic around 9 a ray of sun and a second. Suddenly the sky is clear. Ahead of us the NY Canal tug Governor Cleveland is leaving , floating on …

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Canajoharie and Amsterdam

by Art Cohn We last visited Canajoharie in 2007, but I had been off the boat and missed the community named for a natural feature in the river. Today Canajoharie is marked by an enormous Beech Nut sign that reflects on the industry that helped build the community. The Arkell Museum and Library, an extraordinary …

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Fort Plain

by Carolyn Kennedy Monday, August 17th, the crew of the Lois McClure was greeted at the dock of Lock 15 in Fort Plain, NY by a welcoming committee including members of the Friends of Fort Plain group.  The ‘Friends’ invited us to a wine and cheese at the fire house, followed by a dinner at …

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St Johnsville

by Tom Larsen When the planning for a tour starts in the depths of winter, we reach out to communities that we may have missed the last time we came through a place, or to communities that have specifically requested a visit. Unfortunately, there are so many places that fit well with the mission of …

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Little Falls

by Tom Larsen Little Falls is a unique place on the canal. Housing the lock with the highest single lift on the canal, it’s one of the places that you look down into the town as you traverse the canal channel. When we arrived, we were greeted with open arms by Chris, the harbormaster, as …

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When in Rome

by Ian Montgomery Leaving Phoenix, we had two days scheduled to cross Lake Oneida. Looking at the weather, we decided to cross the lake on the second of the two days, and made a short day of it leaving Phoenix and stopping at Brewerton. With an early start the next day, the crew prepared for …

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