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 …

Notes from the Captain’s Log: Part Two

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On July 31st, the Lois McClure entered the Erie Canal at its eastern terminus at Waterford. Each day, before we get underway, we remind ourselves that: a) our big objective is Safety, and that: b) the key to Safety is Slowing Down. One of the interesting things about canal travel is that it has quite a few ways of making …