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Captain’s Log, Part 1

At 10:00 a..m. on May 31st, the tug C. L. Churchill towed the replica Lake Champlain Canal schooner Lois McClure, with the outboard-powered, inflatable boat Oocher standing by, out of her narrow berth at Perkins Pier in Burlington harbor. We were getting underway for the schooner’s tenth voyage, a four-month trip carrying a cargo of history …

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Captain’s Log, Part 8

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 …

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Along the Champlain Canal

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 …

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Whitehall

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 …

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Erick and the Axe

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 …

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Whitehall

I first came to Whitehall about 30-years ago when our dive team began studying the War of 1812 wrecks sunk in the vicinity. I fell in love with Whitehall then, its location on lake and canal, its special history and its people. This year’s visit didn’t disappoint. This was our first public stop and had …

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And we’re off!

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 …

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