Monthly Archives: October 2010

Notes from the Captain’s Log: Part 4


And show off in Rochester for the World Canals Conference we did. On September 18th, at 7:30 a.m., we set full sail (mainsail, foresail, and jib) to a light breeze from the south. Not that we got underway; we were … Continue reading

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Tugboat fix!


Last we left you with the tugboat, the propeller and driveshaft were in a sorry state – they broke in Lock 10, and we managed to piece them back together to get us to Waterford safely.  Now, time to fix … Continue reading

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Flooding in Waterford


Safely docked in Waterford on Thursday, we had two lay days before our public hours to recover from our tense trip down the Mohawk.  The rain didn’t lessen, remaining fairly steady through much of the weekend.  We watched the lower … Continue reading

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Exploring the Old Champlain Canal in Waterford


After a scrubdown of the Lois McClure and some drying of the awnings, some of the crew went for a walk along the old Champlain Canal.     Russ VanDervoort (author of Canal Canaries and Other Tough Old Birds) guided … Continue reading

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Dream fulfilled


by Sal Larsen   Today was a red letter day for me: I got to stand watch on the tugboat.  Standing behind the wheel, I was so excited I thought I’d burst.  Remember the absolute joy you felt as a … Continue reading

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Generosity and good will


by Sal Larsen An amazing and wonderful aspect of traveling on the Lois McClure is the generosity and friendliness of the people we meet along the way.  This is my second time volunteering on the boat on this tour, and … Continue reading

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The World Canals Conference 2010


The World Canals Conference (WCC), a gathering focused on canal planning, economics and operations, was held in Rochester this September and made 2010 the ideal time for the Lois McClure to return to the Erie Canal. The 2007 Grand Canal … Continue reading

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