Captain’s Log, Part 8

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With the Oocher in an Albany repair shop to have her outboard motor’s carburetor overhauled, we headed north for Waterford on September 28th, again without her services. No matter. We were in tidal water, so that when we got underway from the floating dock at Rensselaer, we could just let the flood tide swing the schooner’s stern off the dock; …

Along the Champlain Canal

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by Tom Larsen As mentioned previously, this is our sixth year through the Champlain Canal. We’ve met many people and visited many communities through the years, but the Champlain Canal is something unique. The boats the Lois is patterned after were created specifically for the original Champlain Canal. Seeing the remnants of the original canal along the modern one bring …

MRI in Fort Edward

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by Alex Lehning Friends of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum often tell us about their favorite part of our campus. Some visitors love to explore our numerous exhibits on maritime history while other guests enjoy checking out the work going on in the Conservation Lab, Boatshop, or the Blacksmith Arts Center. LCMM is also well-known for our working replica fleet, …

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 …

NOTES FROM THE CAPTAIN’S LOG: July 20-29, 2010

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Although the official departure of the Lois McClure on the 2010 World Canals Tour wasn’t until July 22nd, we did get underway on the 20th in order to shift berth from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s North Harbor to the Steamboat Dock at Basin Harbor.And we took the opportunity to go the long way, crossing the Lake to the Westport …

Life on the canal

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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 was better—the fries (the old-fashioned, …

Exploration in Fort Edward

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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.  After a bit of exploring, …