The People We Meet

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by Kerry Batdorf Among the treasures we encounter while on a Lois McClure adventure are the people we meet who have some sort of personal connection to or special interest in the system of canals and natural waterways on which we travel and the industries and cultures of the people living along these shores.  William, “Bill”, H Leighton and his …

A Final Reflection of the 2011 Farm, Forest and Fishery Tour

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by Art Cohn The now familiar post-tour transition to winter is almost complete. The Lois returned to her winter berth at King Street and the Churchill is back at her long familiar winter quarters at the Shelburne Shipyard. We are developing a list of maintenance chores for these two hard-working wooden boats and hoping that the success of this year’s …

Port Henry

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by Matt Witten October 3, 2011 Port Henry, former home of blast furnaces, dock wallopers, and most recently, of the Champlain Bridge’s new arch. Port Henry’s massive concrete jetty makes an easy target for docking, and sheltered both the Lois and our companion, the historic New York State Tugboat Urger, from the north waves. The town dock is only about …

Schuylerville

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by Steve Pfanenstiel September 28, 2011 It was the best of times.  In looking back on our time in Schuylerville, docked at the Hudson Crossing Park, I think we had a great experience.  The community really embraced us; from the welcome BBQ on Monday night, to the constant deliveries of ice, food (especially the apple cider donuts!) and well wishes.  …

School Programs in Whitehall

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by Sal Larsen September 30, 2011 I truly love volunteering on the schooner, so I was delighted to get a chance to return. I was waiting at the dock in Whitehall when Lois and the crew arrived in the late afternoon on September 29th, and so was able to help with the usual flurry of chores that always happen when …

Life Aboard a Tugboat

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by Erick Tichonuk Followers of our Ships’ Logs know one amazing benefit of traveling these waterways are the incredible people we meet.  When traversing the New York State Canal System we’re in constant contact with the folks from Canal Corporation.  They’ve made our sometimes arduous travels more enjoyable in countless ways.  We’ve come to know many of them well, from …

Mechanicville

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by Art Cohn September 18, 2011 The first stop of our revised “Farm, Forest and Fishery Tour” was Mechanicville, a beautiful waterfront community on the Hudson River-Champlain Canal. Like many other communities along the canal corridor, the towpath canal used to go right through the center of the town just uphill from the river on what is now Central Avenue. …