Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Medina, NY

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Art Cohn, Medina, NY The original attraction of the location of the Village of Medina was the water-power of Oak Orchard Creek, which flowed with great potential for water-powered industries that soon were connected to the new Erie Canal. But it was the ancient sandstone deposits in Medina and surrounding communities that would ultimately become the community’s greatest engine of …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Rochester & Spencerport, NY

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Rochester & Spencerport, NY After a great stop in Fairport the Lois McClure crew made the short trip to Rochester.  We went under the first of many lift bridges leaving Fairport.  With the Barge Canal expansion completed in 1918, wider and higher bridges were needed across the Erie Canal.  The low bridges of the old canal would no longer cut it. …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Fairport, NY

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Erick Tichonuk, Fairport, NY Fairport has an active canal waterfront.  Every time we visit they have to reserve us space because of the popularity with boaters.  This is the result of a community embracing its waterfront.  They embrace the history, provide good boater facilities, and you’re in the heart of the action downtown.  The phenomenon of being downtown when on …

Ship’s Log, Schooner Lois McClure, Lyons, NY

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Erick Tichonuk, Lyons, NY If you ever wonder whether one person can really make a difference you should crew aboard the Lois McClure.  Nowhere is it more evident than when we pull into a port and everything runs great, from reserved docking space, to crowds of people showing up, to gifts of meals.  No place is the power of one …

A trip aboard the Empire Sandy

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by Isaac Parker As the Lois McClure travels the interconnected waterways of the northeast, it is not very often that the crew encounters a sailing vessel of significantly greater size. However, as we slowly labored against the swift current just down river from the Old Port in Montreal, we noticed a much larger schooner traversing the river ahead of us. …

Rouses Point

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by Isaac Parker The sounds of church bells from the nearby St. Patrick’s Church announced the arrival of the Lois McClure to Rouses Point. After a long day battling the waves and wind of northern Lake Champlain, the Lois had finally arrived outside Gaines Marina. At first, we tried to thread the Lois along with the Churchill through the immense …