Notes from the Captain’s Log: Part Two

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On July 31st, the Lois McClure entered the Erie Canal at its eastern terminus at Waterford. Each day, before we get underway, we remind ourselves that: a) our big objective is Safety, and that: b) the key to Safety is Slowing Down. One of the interesting things about canal travel is that it has quite a few ways of making …

Community Connections: Utica

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Utica held many surprises for us.  The best of these appeared with in 10 minutes of closing on Sunday, our final open day here.  One of my favorite parts of volunteering on Lois is learning visitor’s stories – how they are connected to the history of vessels like Lois, or how they or their families are connected to the waterways …

Riding the rails in Utica

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Erick, Isaac, and I opted for a walk into to the city and were immediately attracted to the Union Station, the city’s impressive railroad terminal constructed in 1914 and restored in the mid-1970’s. It’s Italianate-style architecture includes  a three story central vault supported by eight massive marble columns.  Given our interests both in regional canal transportation and the Vermont marble, …