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, …

Notes from the Boatshop: Planking and a field trip

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By Nick Patch Eight boat builders from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at the Hannaford Career Center along with D.O. program teachers, volunteers and LCMM boat building staff have been hard at work on our new 32’ pilot gig. We are installing plank number seven out of eleven planks. Planking should be finished at the end of February. The next …

Monster Iron Artifacts

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by Paul Gates In addition to preserving small artifacts such as grapeshot rounds, nails, and tools, the archaeologists at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Conservation Lab also work on much larger objects. Anchors, cannons, and mechanical parts constitute this group of cultural resources. While the methodology of conservation remains the same, we are required to adapt our techniques with these …

Notes from the Boatshop: Gig building and repair

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by Nick Patch Eight students from the Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vermont are coming to the LCMM boat shop four days a week through May to build a 32’ pilot gig.  They are accompanied by D. O. teachers Wendy Lynch, Betsy Stine and Jim Doolan. LCMM boat builders Nick Patch and Andrew Lang …

Notes from the Captain’s Log: Part 4

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And show off in Rochester for the World Canals Conference we did. On September 18th, at 7:30 a.m., we set full sail (mainsail, foresail, and jib) to a light breeze from the south. Not that we got underway; we were tied securely to the wall. But for the next two hours, early birds, including members of the press, captured the …