Positioning the boat on the marine railway

Ship’s Log: How to get Lois McClure out of the water

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By Elisa Nelson, Schooner Tour and Volunteer Coordinator On the calm morning of September 3, the crew of the Lois McClure took a short trip to Shelburne Shipyard for our Coast Guard-required haul-out and hull inspection. This meant, of course, that Lois had to come out of the water, so we had an exciting (but actually quite slow) morning maneuvering …

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 …