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 …

1813: The Shipwright’s War and Other Stories

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By Art Cohn Although we have been planning the next installment of 1812: Commemorating the War: Celebrating the Peace since before we returned from last years incredible voyage, the recent crossing from Burlington to Plattsburgh was an unexpected experience. The challenge of getting the three boats ready, creating the interpretive materials that connects the travel to the mission, coordinating logistics …