Captain’s Log, Part 7

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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 at the wheel, and whichever …

Fort Plain

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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 the Methodist church across the …

St Johnsville

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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 the Lois that there is …

Little Falls

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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 well as a group of …

When in Rome

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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 a long day crossing Lake …

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 …