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 …

Community Connections: Rochester

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Corn Hill Landing in Rochester is a great venue for vessels like the Lois McClure.  It has a sound wall for mooring, power and lots of amenities nearby.  Corn Hill Navigation offers excellent tours of the Genesse River and surrounding environs.  Upon our arrival, the folks of Corn Hill Navigation suggested I speak with the owner of the recently opened …

Exploring Rochester

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by Laura Hollowell One thing is clear – Rochester was far from sleepy when canal boats like Lois McClure passed through downtown on the original Erie Canal.  The city is woven of old and new, an intricate mix of historic and modern buildings. For several days, the Lois docked on the Genesee River at Corn Hill Landing, the waterfront for …

Rigging Day

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by Barbara Bartley Thursday, September 16 We are docked along the wall on the waterfront of Rochester’s Historic District at Corn Hill Landing.  This morning at 6 am, a crane arrived and the Lois McClure‘s crew, with Erick Tichonuk (our first mate) having the additional duty of directing the crane operator, began stepping the two masts. I was especially interested …

Notes from the Captain’s Log: Part 3

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Well, we did get to go sailing on Seneca Lake on August 19th. When the tug C. L. Churchill pulled the schooner off the dock in Geneva at 9:15 in the morning, the lake was a mirror; not a breath of air stirred. Keeping the faith, we set full sail, the big mainsail , the foresail amidships, and the little …