From Tree to Stick: A New Mast for Lois

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Wood is a deceptively challenging medium to work with: easy enough for a first-time builder to work with, yet with a learning curve so steep and so broad that no carpenter could ever seriously claim to know absolutely everything about it. And while the tools have improved and techniques debated and refined, the basic principles and traditions behind woodworking have remained unchanged for millennia.

Captain’s Blog, part 5

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At Cape Vincent, at the upper end of the St. Lawrence River, on August 22nd, we converted the Lois McClure from a “standard canal boat,” one that has no propulsion of its own, to a sailing canal boat. With the help of a crane truck (courtesy of Rick Evans and Evans Crane) on the dock, we lifted the six spars …

Video Blog 2: Celebrating the 4th in Waterford

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As a result of high water, we’ve returned to Waterford in time to celebrate the 4th of July. We’ll be open the following times: Thursday, July 4th: 10-5 Friday, July 5th: 10-5 Saturday, July 6th: 10-8 Fireworks at 9pm (in conjunction with the Steamboat Meet) Sunday, July 7th: 10-3 (in conjunction with the Waterford Harbor Farmer’s Market) Stay tuned for …

The best laid plans…

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by Art Cohn We’ve had a lot of rain lately and so our trip through the southern end of the Champlain Canal was faster than we had calculated, with the current from the Hudson River adding about 2-knots to our speed. As we rounded the wall at the junction of the Champlain and Erie canals, which was also the junction …