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Shipwrecked: The Tragic Story of the Canal Schooner "Troy"

Posted by Sarah L. Tichonuk on Jul 14, 2014 7:05:00 AM

The captain’s hat, trunk and pocketbook ... have been picked up but none of the bodies have yet been found.   (North Star 1825)

 

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Topics: Underwater Archaeology

Do Whalemen Get Blisters?

Posted by Sarah L. Tichonuk on Jun 25, 2014 4:36:00 PM

Do Whalemen Get Blisters?

I know I certainly am getting blisters, accompanying a crew from Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to row a brand-new whaleboat. We're participating in a boat parade in New Bedford, MA to welcome home whaleship Charles W. Morgan, built there in 1841. Charles W. Morgan is the last wooden whaleship in the world, and sails this year on her 38th voyage. We've been practicing our rowing, though you wouldn't know it from the relaxed pose in that photo. I doubt we're going to break any speed records...

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Whaling, Boatbuilding

The Captain’s Log, Part 6

Posted by Roger Taylor on Oct 18, 2013 6:20:00 AM

On September 7th 2013, the morning after our arrival at Salaberry de Valleyfield, we awoke to a strong southwest breeze. We had intended to squeeze through a narrow bridge, with the tug towing ahead, since she wouldn’t fit through on the hip, and move up the old canal at Salaberry to moor right in the center of town for receiving visitors. But with that much wind on the schooner’s quarter, there would be no way to control such a tight maneuver.

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Video Blog: Diving in Chambly, QC

Posted by Arthur B. Cohn on Sep 27, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Diving for zebra mussels in Chambly, QC.

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Captain's Log, part 5

Posted by Roger Taylor on Sep 16, 2013 2:41:00 PM

At Cape Vincent, at the upper end of the St. Lawrence River, on August 22nd, we converted the Lois McClure from a “standard canal boat,” one that has no propulsion of its own, to a sailing canal boat. With the help of a crane truck (courtesy of Rick Evans and Evans Crane) on the dock, we lifted the six spars of her schooner rig ashore: two masts, two booms, and two gaffs. Next went the braces that had kept the big sticks up off the deck. Then we stepped the foremast and set up its stays and shrouds to keep it upright. Ditto the mainmast. Now, the crane lifted First Mate Tom Larsen aloft in a basket to secure the springstay, the wire that runs between the two mastheads. Booms and gaffs were lifted back on board and put in position, held by their jaws, topping lifts, halyards, sheets, and lazyjacks. There. We were ready to bend sail.

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Video Blog: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

Posted by Arthur B. Cohn on Sep 13, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Schooner Lois McClure docked in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC, and saw more than 1,800 people!

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Video Blog: St Lawrence River

Posted by Arthur B. Cohn on Sep 4, 2013 4:36:00 AM

Schooner Lois McClure begins her travels through the St Lawrence River.

 

 

 

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Rigging in Cape Vincent

Posted by lcmm on Sep 3, 2013 10:35:22 AM

by Kent Strobel

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Captain's Log, Part 4

Posted by lcmm on Aug 27, 2013 5:28:37 AM

Leaving Buffalo Harbor, in company of tug PITTSFORD (photo: Tom Larsen)

When the tug C. L. Churchill moved the Lake Champlain canal schooner Lois McClure out into the outer harbor at Buffalo on August 6th, the scene couldn’t have been more of a contrast to that when the vessels entered on the 2nd: instead of swells heaving in from Lake Erie through the gap in the breakwall, the water was as smooth as a mirror. The trip down the Niagara River to Tonawanda was swift and uneventful.

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Video Blog: Underway

Posted by Arthur B. Cohn on Aug 11, 2013 6:51:00 AM

Schooner Lois McClure is underway, headed back east along the canal.

 

 

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Topics: Education

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