Urger

THE RETIRED CAPTAIN’S LOG

by Roger Taylor Captain Erick Tichonuk was kind enough to invite my wife, Kathleen, and me, two retired crew members of the Lois McClure, to join the vessel as volunteers for the last trip of the season, from North Harbor to Crown Point, and back to Burlington. We accepted really fast. The short voyage was …

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Welcomed in Westport

by Tom Larsen October 6, 2011 We returned to Westport this year for the third time.  It’s a great place to stop, due to the always warm hospitality and wonderful scenery.  Our hosts, the Carroll family who owns and operates Westport Marina, couldn’t have been more gracious.  Despite this spring of record high water leaving …

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Port Henry

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 …

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Schuylerville

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 …

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Life Aboard a Tugboat

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 …

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Mechanicville

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 …

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