Captain’s Log, Part 8

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With the Oocher in an Albany repair shop to have her outboard motor’s carburetor overhauled, we headed north for Waterford on September 28th, again without her services. No matter. We were in tidal water, so that when we got underway from the floating dock at Rensselaer, we could just let the flood tide swing the schooner’s stern off the dock; …

Along the Champlain Canal

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by Tom Larsen As mentioned previously, this is our sixth year through the Champlain Canal. We’ve met many people and visited many communities through the years, but the Champlain Canal is something unique. The boats the Lois is patterned after were created specifically for the original Champlain Canal. Seeing the remnants of the original canal along the modern one bring …

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 …

Whitehall

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by Tom Larsen September 6, 2011 The trip from Shoreham to Whitehall was an experience in opposites.  The weather threatened to be seriously stormy the whole trip, but despite this we saw some of the most variety of birds so far in the season – osprey, cormorants, bald eagles, kingfishers, the ever present gulls.  Signs of Irene abounded as well …

Erick and the Axe

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Anyone who has been following the adventures of the Lois McClure knows that Erick Tichonuk is the schooner’s First Mate, or Chief Mate, as he would be called in the Merchant Marine. Captain Theodore Bartley had no such luxury in 1862; canal boat captains had to be their own first mate (and boatswain and ship’s carpenter and deckhand, etc.) But …

NOTES FROM THE CAPTAIN’S LOG: July 20-29, 2010

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Although the official departure of the Lois McClure on the 2010 World Canals Tour wasn’t until July 22nd, we did get underway on the 20th in order to shift berth from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s North Harbor to the Steamboat Dock at Basin Harbor.And we took the opportunity to go the long way, crossing the Lake to the Westport …

And we’re off!

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July 25 Can’t believe it’s been four days since we left Basin Harbor. The Commissary (me) thanks all who have been so generous with goodies–Don for the fresh-picked blackberries (gone); Cindy for the blondies (gone); Sam for the very decadent chocolate cake (gone); Adam for the garlic and tomatoes (just ripe–BLT’s for lunch); Paul for the BEEF; and the folks …