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 I have been pleasantly surprised, town after town, by the open and friendly attitudes of the local residents.  It is clear that on the 2007 Grand Canal Journey, the Lois made many strong connections and that the friendships have endured and blossomed.

A great example was our reception in Lyons.  We had barely docked when we were met by the mayor, Corinne Kleisle who is a big fan of the Lois (she even came to visit us in VT, and became a member of the museum!)  She lead us to the fire station, where we were warmly greeted and treated to snacks and drinks.  The fire station here has new facilities for boaters and they are beautiful.  Spotless and bright, they were very much appreciated.  The volunteer firemen were fun, friendly and extremely accommodating.

On a brief walk about Lyons, we were met with the same friendly enthusiasm.  Everyone was genuinely interested in the boat, and their goodwill was infectious. That night, three enormous pizzas were delivered for us (gluttony reigned!) and first thing in the morning, we were treated to a bag of warm apple fritters, fresh from the Farmer’s Market.  What a send off!

This is one of the joys of volunteering on the Lois – the sense of community and continuity.  Friendships are forged and alliances formed.  I am deeply grateful to be part of the process.  Thank you all.

Sal Larsen
A graduate of Weslyan University, Sal has been a member of the museum for many years.  This is her first time as a volunteer aboard the Lois, and she has fulfilled a lifelong dream of helping crew on a tugboat.


About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a private non-profit museum located on the shores of Lake Champlain, just seven miles from Vergennes, Vermont. Our mission since our opening in 1985 is to share the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain and its surrounding region. We accomplish that through exhibits, education programs, special events, on-water activities, replica vessels, nautical archaeology research, and so much more. Learn more & get involved by visiting our website:
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One Response to Generosity and good will

  1. Steve Upham says:

    Yes – the weather was miserable in Schulyerville this afternoon, however, it was warm and inviting on the Lois McClure! A most remarkable vessel! I appreciate the time that Bob took to give me the background of this beautiful vessel and an insight into the taking-of-lines from a similar sunken vessel in lake Champlain so that this accurate reproduction could be lofted and set sail. I was so intrigued with the Lois McClure that I was remiss in inquiring further into her best friend – the C. L. Churchill. A smart looking 33′ tugboat that has participated in the Waterford Tugboat Parade in years past. I would enjoy seeing your departure tomorrow AM. Any schedule for departure?
    I wish you all fair sailing in far places. Steve

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