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Replica schooner sits in anything-but-dry-dock in Fort Plain

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The crew of the Lois McClure huddled under hoods and canvas tarps as the rain fell Tuesday afternoon. “The deck leaks,” said Tom Larsen, “so there are quite a few puddles down below.” The 88-foot vessel was tied up along Lock 15 with the C.L. Churchill, a small tugboat, lashed to her starboard side. “I tried to stop the leaks,” said Ian Montgomery, whose father is a shipwright, “but it’s just a never-ending chase.” The ...


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