2009 Legacy voyage: Captain's Log
Follow the voyage with Captain John Callaghan...
Albany and Troy, September 28
Even in one’s backyard there are things to discover and experience anew. That’s how I feel being back in the Capital Region, near the end of our two month odyssey. Although I worked on the water in this area a lot, it is still a privilege and every day seems like my first.
We awoke Saturday to the most glorious, heavy fog in Albany. Glorious because we had nowhere to go that day. Only three times during the trip have we had fog so think you could not see one end of the ship from the other. All three times we were in port for public viewing. Let’s just say we’ve been very, very lucky. The fog lifted to reveal a gorgeous, if windy, day for the festivities in Albany. We had a healthy turnout aboard the Day Peckinpaugh, and I want to thank Tim Rizzuto and the entire crew of the USS Slater (which we were docked alongside) for their hospitality and help.
I also would like to thank Captain Reynolds of the Halfmoon for taking the time after a long day of tours to give my oldest sons, Jack and Daniel, a personal tour of the Halfmoon.
Sunday morning was fogless (our run of good luck continues) if a little damp, and we were off to Troy for another celebration and day of tours. The City of Troy Planning Department did a great job putting the event together and I’d especially like to thank Commissioner Sondra Little, Donna Ned, and Andrew Peterson for all their help. Despite the rain, we had over 300 people aboard in Troy, and we are hoping for more today (Monday). Tomorrow will include a short trip up to Matton Shipyard, where we will dress the ship up and make final preparations for our grand entrance into Waterford on Wednesday.
This is also a good point for me to express my appreciation, admiration, and awe for the countless National Park Service Volunteer Rangers who have been ubiquitous and enthusiastic throughout the voyage. Though I am just getting a glimpse of the work they do during this trip, I have a real appreciation of how the National Parks benefit from the selfless dedication of folks like this.
As we near the end of this voyage, I am thinking more and more about voyages to come, the young people we can inspire, the not-so-young we can remind, and the stories we can tell. The end of something is always the beginning of something else, and the crew of the Day Peckinpaugh can't wait to embark on that something else. top >
Kingston, September 21
Greetings from Kingston, NY—a community with a rich maritime heritage and also a canal town in every sense of the word. The D&H Canal did not have the impact that the Erie Canal did, but was a major economic engine for New York State nonetheless. We are just down Rondout Creek from where the D&H Canal began, and close to where the famed Cornell tugboat fleet was home ported.
This weekend’s Working on Water event was exceptionally well planned and very well attended. With over 750 people aboard the Day Peckinpaugh the last two days, we are all very pleased at the turnout and the reception we received here. Thanks to Ann Loeding and all the volunteers here for their hard work.
This event also serves as a fitting springboard for the last 10 frenetic days of Working on Water and the Quadricentennial Legacy Tour of the Day Peckinpaugh. Joining us in Kingston were the Dutch Sailing Barges, several steam launches, the Sloop Clearwater, the Elise Ann Connors, the Gowanus Bay, the Chancellor, the Benjamin Elliot, the Cornell, the Pegasus, the Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge # 79, the “Fleet Obsolete” PT boat fleet, and the classic 1927 Canal Corporation tugboat Governor Cleveland.
While last week’s Tugboat Roundup in Waterford and this week’s event in Kingston may represent a peak of Working on Water in terms of number of vessels together at once, we are kicking into high gear (such as it is aboard Day Peckinpaugh) for a whirlwind last ten days in Hudson, Albany, Troy, and Waterford.
It will be great to get back to the Capital Region this week, and bring so many of the stories and memories we’ve found along the way these last two months with us. It will also be great to see the wonderful replica ship Halfmoon in Albany – our first stop with this great boat and her first-rate crew. We expect to rendezvous in Troy with some magnificent old boats as well, such as the Golden Re’Al, 8th Sea, Buffalo, and Chancellor.
We are waiting for slack water just after 11 am to get underway for Hudson, our next stop. Rondout Creek is relatively narrow, so turning the ship around – while possible – is a bit risky. Instead, we will back out the length of the creek into the Hudson River, a distance of about ½ mile. We have done this once before, so we don’t expect much trouble. Even so, it’s great to have the Governor Cleveland and her intrepid crew standing by. top >
Ten more days and 60 more miles to go!
New York Harbor, Pier 84, September 6
On September 3rd, 1609, Henry Hudson sailed into New York Harbor and first set eyes on the entrance to the river which today bears his name. 400 years and 1 day later, the Day Peckinpaugh sailed into New York Harbor, albeit from a different direction. Having finally made it to New York, and having worked so hard to do so, the crew feels enormous gratification at achieving this milestone.
We had a great stop at Pier 84 in Manhattan and could not have felt more welcome by the Hudson River Park Trust and its incredible staff. Special thanks to the incomparable Jim Gill, Waterfront Director for the Park Trust, who was terrific to work with and really made us feel right at home.
With nearly 700 people aboard on Saturday, we were certainly busy. In addition to our presence, the Tug Pegasus and Tug Cornell were giving boat rides, the Sloop Clearwater and Lehigh Valley Railroad Barge # 79 were open for tours, as well as the Tug Urger being on display. With sunny skies, live music and vendors, it was a great day overall.
Mooring and unmooring was, as is often the case in NY Harbor, exciting – though ultimately uneventful. Fine with me. The crew did a great job with the lines and communication. Most importantly, Chief Engineer Jim Brennan had the plant ready to answer all bells, and it did just that several times.
Heading back upriver, we are grateful for the opportunity to slow down a bit and prepare for our next public opening: September 18 & 19 in Kingston. The pace also gives us a chance to reflect on the fact that – by travelling from the northern reaches of Lake Champlain to the New York Harbor - we have just completed a major goal of our trip: to link physically and thematically the voyages of both Champlain and Hudson in 1609.
We are extremely proud to join the venerable Tug Urger in making this link, the only Quadricentennial project this year to do so. Congratulations to the volunteers and staff of the NYS Museum, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and NYS Canal Corporation who made it happen. top >
Bear Mountain, September 3
What a great couple days it has been on the Hudson River. I think the entire crew feels the significance of Hudson’s legacy and our piece of that story. The early morning fog which is a September and October staple on the river has not been too awful, and we have been able to make good progress.
Yesterday we tied up in Kingston, home to many canallers and many canal stories. It was so great to be greeted by good friends like Ann Loeding, Gary Matthews, Tim Ivory, and Matt Perricone. We got an up close view of where will be tied for the public event on September 18th & 19th and I think it will be great. It was great also to be reunited with the Urger crew and to talk about our shared mission. The Urger is such an iconic vessel, everywhere she goes she elicits stares and comments, and no doubt triggers memories about visits past. To be on tour with her, and to establish our own imprint on the Hudson which we’ll be able to repeat in future years, is very special.
On the way to Kingston we passed Saugerties, a place near and dear to my heart. I spent 8 years serving aboard the CGC Wire in Saugerties, a 65’ Coast Guard icebreaking tugboat. My college roommate Bill Taylor hails from Saugerties, as do a number of my other St. Rose classmates, including the one and only Jimmy Fallon. But most importantly, my wife Jennifer and I spent our honeymoon at the Saugerties Lighthouse, which is a bed and breakfast. Of course, the destination was a surprise to her, the first of many in our marriage. I won’t reveal whether Jenny was enthralled at my selection. Still, I called Jenny while I was going by the light, as I do every time I am underway on the Hudson and passing Saugerties, and we both fondly recall our time there.
This morning’s run was Kingston to Bear Mountain State Park, our longest run of the Hudson River trip. It was to be complicated on both ends: backing out of Rondout Creek into the main channel with a healthy ebb, and tying up at Bear Mountain a maximum ebb. The morning’s evolution went fine, and I want to thank Matt Perricone and the trusty Tug Cornell for standing by just in case. It is great, and essential, to have that type of support up and down the Hudson.
This afternoon plan A was to do a fair tide landing at the Bear Mountain Dock. I briefed our small but intrepid deck crew, Russ and Mike, on the plan, including which lines to put out first, where to place the fender, etc. The last thing I said was, “Although, I’ll probably call you 100’ feet from the pier and tell you to shift the deck because we are turning around and coming in port side to.” As I shaped up for the landing, I realized I had no choice but to utter the words I used to dread serving on deck in the Coast Guard: “Shift the deck!”
After Russ and Mike got those instructions, I don’t think it was two minutes before they had the lines over to the port side and fenders rigged and ready to go. By the time we got turned around and set into the pier, we had our forward spring ready and it went out just like it was our plan all along. Jim Brennan, the Chief Engineer, simply said, “Wasn’t the sun on the other side of the boat a few minutes ago?”
Bear Mountain has a pier nearly identical to the one we stayed at on Lake Champlain at Crown Point, and we hang over about 80’ on either end. But it is a terrific location in a beautiful setting and we are very grateful for the hospitality of the folks here at the Park.
Tomorrow we will be in NYC, where I spent two years active duty with the Coast Guard, several weeks and months as a Reservist after 9/11, and many memorable trips working tugs since. Given the stares and questions we’ve been getting on the river, I’m sure we’ll pique some interest in New York. I am looking forward to a good stop, and meeting many new friends, in addition to visiting with some old ones.
More significantly, having traveled to the northern extremity of our journey (Plattsburgh) and back, I am looking forward to touching the baseline at the other end of the court. Tomorrow, we will have traveled farther on this storied vessel than any time since 1994. And to think the journey’s only beginning ...
Hudson, September 2, 2009
There are lots of things and places which remind me of Ralph Folger. Hudson, NY is one of those places. We pulled up to the St. Lawrence Cement dock here yesterday afternoon after a beautiful trip down river. Our departure from Troy was also slightly delayed by fog and we made good time to Hudson. This is a diverse and charming Hudson River community with a great atmosphere and great people. We are really looking forward to our public stop here later in the month.
Ralph Folger, whose very name is synonymous with canal history and the maritime industrial legacy of the canal, worked both for the Canals –retiring as Floating Plant Supervisor – and at Matton Shipyard. Ralph is no longer with us, but reminders of his enduring impact on efforts like the Day Peckinpaugh project are everywhere. The reason Ralph also comes to mind whenever I am in Hudson is that his great grandfather was one of the people who founded Hudson as a whaling community. I still can’t get over that Hudson – located 120 miles upriver from New York –was a major whaling center. But it was.
This morning as I write this we are beset by heavy fog. In fact, the Jill Reinauer has come alongside with an oil barge to wait for it to clear. We have two great images to take away from this stop: the Day Peckinpaugh sitting under a conveyor at the dock as if she’s ready to be loaded, and a large tug and tow outboard of the Day Peckinpaugh. A good reminder that, all things considered, we still have a relatively little boat.
We are very excited to be working our way down to New York City and Pier 84 for this weekend’s event. Today we head to Kingston, which has an incredible canal history of its own. Looking forward to seeing some old friends as well, which has been a recurring theme this trip. top >
Schuylerville to Troy, August 31, 2009
The Day Peckinpaugh has completed her transit of the Champlain Canal and Lake Champlain! Yesterday we zoomed (ok, ok, ambled) by our homeport of Matton Shipyard and proceeded through the Troy Federal Lock to the Troy wall. We will stay here today and complete some much needed maintenance, paperwork, and provisioning. It is great to be back in the Collar City, where we will be open for tours on 9/27- 28.
Into every Quadricentennial Legacy Voyage a little rain must fall. We had some fairly unfortunate weather on our second stop in Whitehall, which in hindsight seemed bright and sunny compared to Saturday in Schuylerville.
But what an incredible event put on by Hudson Crossing! The level of planning and detail that went into the weekend’s activities is truly astounding. The amount of work just to clear Eagle Point and convert an overgrown area to a suitable and accessible docking location for the Day Peckinpaugh is staggering. Congratulations to Marlene Bissel and her entire crew for a first-rate event. The volunteers involved with that project put their respective hearts and souls into everything they do, and I applaud their inhuman efforts and unwavering dedication to the task at hand.
We were pleased to once again be at an event joined by the Lois McClure and Tug Urger. What a compelling tale of maritime history and progress these three storied craft represent, and when they are together the result is an exponential increase in the impact of each. We look forward to seeing the Lois and the Urger again soon, though Schuylerville is the last formal stop of the year when all three will be together and open for tours.
After a month away, I stole away for the better part of the day to visit with my family. Many in the brown water maritime industry today work a two weeks on/ two weeks off schedule. Having done so now and again myself, I can appreciate how you start to miss your family, especially if you have young children, after a couple of weeks. It was great to see my wife Jennifer and five children for a few hours.
The next day, when we transited down to Troy, Jenny had all the kids out on the Waterford battery waving and shouting as we went by. James, our five-year-old, does not like loud noises, and so Jenny had warned me not to blow the horn. But of course that’s all the other kids wanted to hear. Afterward, James asked Jenny why I hadn’t blown the horn, and she of course told him that it was because it he wouldn’t like it. James, apparently over his aversion to ship’s horns, proceeded to give her an earful. Next time I’ll know.
Being a father, reminders of what this project is all about are never far from view. Though my kids were standing and waving as we went by because “daddy” was at the wheel, we have seen countless families along the shores during the trip, kids running out the back door to run along the shore with the boat, minivans laden with children of all ages making u-turns and pulling off the road for gawking and pictures, and general fascination at every stop along the way.
When we consider for a moment the big dreams the Quadricentennial commemorates, we think about the big dreams we hope the next generation might have, and the things – spurned by those very dreams – that will be celebrated and commemorated centuries hence. To the extent we can lay the groundwork for a couple of those dreams along the way, while evoking thoughts of days gone by, I think it’s important work we’re doing. top >
Fort Edward, August 23, 2009
Well we’ve spent a week in Fort Edward, a community I had the pleasure working in quite a bit when I ran the Tug Waterford for the Canal Corporation. Fort Edward is a busy place these days, with spoil barges being run to and from around the clock in conjunction with the largest environmental dredging project in history. It’s been great to speak to and interact with some of the individuals involved with the project, and to witness some of the massive project in action.
We were open for tours on Sunday and we had a steady, if not overwhelming, crowd. Like so many of the Canal ports we’ve stopped in, the people stepping on board had a real sense of the history of these waterways, usually because they had family members who had been on the boats or had been on the boats themselves.
Toward the end of the day a family came on for the tour. I was working in the wheelhouse so I invited them in. After talking to them I realized I had the daughter (and son-in-law), granddaughter, and great-grandchildren of Fred Godfrey in front of me! Fred is a legend on the Canals of New York and wrote three excellent books about his experiences, one of which – the novel “Fugitive Deckhand” – was largely set in my hometown of Waterford.
Years ago, I had the pleasure of having Fred aboard the Tug Waterford at a public event, where I proudly displayed my complete set of Godfrey books in the wheelhouse. Later, Fred participated in the roundtable talks we would have at the annual Tugboat Roundup in Waterford. Fred’s son-in-law would drive him down, and his participation in these events always made for a more lively and colorful recounting of years gone by.
Running in to Fred’s family was a poignant reminder to me of how these waters not only connected us historically, but still today. It’s amazing how close (geographically) we are to so many people we’ve known, but it’s not until you float by on the Canal that you get to renew old friendships. It reminds me of Tom Beardsley’s terrific quote, “If you think of New York as a community, then the canal is the sidewalk that makes it a neighborhood.”
Now on to Schuylerville, the turning point of the American Revolution where we will be christening a newly uncovered and cleared dock at Eagle Point, just above Lock C-5. top >
August 21, 2009, Whitehall
Greetings from a rainy Whitehall. We made it safely back to the Canal System yesterday after an uneventful trip through the narrows of Lake Champlain. It was great to see so many people taking pictures of us coming through Lock 12 and tying up at the terminal wall. We were heavily photographed on the Lake yesterday as well. It seems we are developing a bit of a following.
Carol Greenough, Erie Canalway Commissioner and Skenesborough Museum Director, was down this morning to see if there is anything we needed. The great thing about being anywhere on the canal is the extended family one has at one’s disposal. It’s like that with Carol, the consummate gracious host who we are always delighted to see and spend time with.
I've always liked spending time in Whitehall, perhaps because it reminds me of my hometown of Waterford, or maybe because I'm a history buff and there is an embarrassment of historical riches here. It was great catching up with some old friends here, and I find myself wishing we had more time to spend in this charming canal community.
We hope the rain holds off today for the tours, if our stop on the trip north is any indication we’ll have good crowds today. Tomorrow it’s on to Fort Edward, where we’ll be open for tours Sunday and then spend some much-needed dockside maintenance time. top >
August 20, 2009, Crown Point
A breathtaking sunrise greets us at the pier at Crown Point after a fantastic and well attended one-day stop. Suzanne May and her whole committee did a wonderful job, pulling out all the stops and putting together a wonderful event. Over 600 people aboard!
We were thrilled to learn that the Essex County Board of Supervisors had declared it "Day Peckinpaugh Week" in Essex County. A proclamation to that effect was read at a ceremony which included NY State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayword and Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Chair Celine Paquette.
In addition to music, vendors, and displays related to the history of Lake Champlain, our friends at Crown Point were truly gracious hosts. On top of a fantastic lunch, the crews and volunteers were treated to a memorable pulled-pork barbeque by Frenchman’s Restaurant. A filling end to a perfect day.
We were treated to the sight of the Lois McClure anchoring just south of the dock at the end of the day. We were with the Lois in Plattsburgh and Burlington, and though are schedules are a bit divergent at the moment, we’ll be with her again in Schuylerville at the Hudson Crossing Fest.
As always, we met great people at our last port of call. One of my favorites was Rita Collins from Port Henry, who has run Collins Motel and Restaurant for 59 years. The place was neat as a pin and well maintained overall. When I asked how many people Rita had working there she laughed and told me that it’s just her. Rita had a great way about her, one of those people you meet and immediately feel like you've known your whole life. Rita told us some great stories about Port Henry’s heyday as an iron ore mining town. I wondered how many of the Day Peckinpaugh’s sister ships had transited up the lake for iron ore in days gone by.
On to Whitehall, and back to the canal, next. What a great adventure the Lake Champlain portion of this voyage has been. We made many new friends and hope to see many of them again soon. top >
August 17, 2009, Burlington
Another day, another adventure under our belts. We leave Burlington with many stories and friends we didn’t have before. Nearly 1,500 people came aboard to connect with us, and with their own heritage. Burlington is a terrific city, and it was great to be able to reach out to our neighboring state in a memorable way.
What we heard over and over again is how important is was for the Lois McClure and the Day Peckinpaugh to be tied up together. In many ways they are sister ships, purpose-built for the canals they plied. Only 60 years apart and yet the Lois could fit into the main hold of the DP.
It was wonderful to be able to put the canal story, and the story of 400 years of maritime history in progress, in such clear and compelling context. With the Tug Urger completing the historic maritime panorama, people were just fascinated and thrilled to get aboard and tour these storied vessels. We look forward to other stops with the Lois McClure and Urger along the way, each of us telling a piece of the story from a different century and standpoint, and both complimenting one another.
It was great meeting David Kehoe and his son. Running Lake Champlain, we’ve all been thinking a lot about the Kehoe fleet, and how they were just about the last company running anything commercially on a regular basis up the Champlain Canal and on Lake Champlain. The stories David shared with me help me better understand how we are part of a continuing tradition, not just a glimpse into the past.
We are underway on a hot, hazy Lake Champlain morning just clearing Juniper Ledge. Our only respite is a steady breeze from the south, not enough to build any serious chop but enough to keep the air moving in the wheelhouse. We had programmed in an extra day after the public tours in Burlington so we could pick our day with the best weather. Rather than waiting for tomorrow, which has a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast, we’ve elected to move down to Crown Point today. This will give us an extra day to provision and tend to operational and mechanical chores before our public tours on Wednesday.
As we wind down the Lake Champlain portion of the tour, I think we are all sorry to leave our new friends and ports of call behind, as excited as we are to be headed back to the canal and New York State. At least we’ll have some fantastic memories to sustain us until we head this way again. top >
August 13, 2009, Plattsburgh
We’ve had an extraordinary two days in historic Plattsburgh, NY, where nearly 2,000 people boarded and toured the Day Peckinpaugh.
The red carpet was rolled out, not only for us, but for the 8th Sea, Tug Urger, and Lois McClure as well. The Mayor and Town Supervisor could not have been more helpful, and we leave here feeling very much part of the Plattsburgh family.
Special thanks to Jennifer LaFontaine and Tim McCormick, who did an excellent job planning and running a first-rate event, and saw to our every need. I’d be remiss if I did not thank Rick and the entire DPW as well for their support and assistance. Finally, the time the crew has spent with the inimitable Capt. Frank Pabst has been magical. Capt. Pabst is a living part of Lake Champlain’s maritime history. In sharing both his stories and his unparalleled passion for this wonderful body of water and the history along its shores, Frank has instilled in us a new appreciation for the significance of our endeavor, and inspired us to dream about what’s ahead. And I can't tell you how great it was to see Regent Jim Dawson on board with his lovely wife. For once, we brought the boat to him. To say that Regent Dawson's support has been steadfast, and his vision prescient, would be a huge understatement.
One of the really special aspects to stopping in Plattsburgh is that it is a canal town, but on a lake. The Canal Corporation still owns and maintains a canal terminal here, and in fact we are tied to it. The fact that this is the northernmost point of the trip, and yet we are still in a very real sense “on the canal” reinforces for us the notion of the inherent interconnectivity the canal brought to not only New York, but the Nation.
This morning, Chief Engineer Jim Brennan prepared a hearty breakfast for the crew at 0600, and we are busy making preparations to get underway.
On to Burlington now, where we have worked closely with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and the Lake Champlain Transportation Company on the logistics of our stop. Perkins Pier is located downtown but is not suitable for docking, despite the deep water alongside. To accommodate our visit, LCT has driven piling clusters alongside the pier to keep us from rubbing up against the rock face. We will also put lines out to a former oil dock to keep us secure. The Burlington stop represents one of the more challenging logistical evolutions of the voyage, so safety today will be a critical concern.
This morning we will leave Plattsburgh at about 9:30 AM in procession with the Urger, 8th Sea, and Lois McClure in order to make a scheduled 1:30 PM arrival. It should be quite a site, and based on questions regarding our departure over the last two days I suspect we’ll have quite a crowd.
We have already been touched by the stories and passions of those we’ve been privileged to meet on this journey. We look forward to taking those stories, and the impact they’ve made on the personal story of each and every one of us, to the other wonderful people we’ll meet along the way. In so doing, I really feel that this tour of the Day Peckinpaugh, and these other great boats with a proud tradition of working on water, will leave a legacy of the Quadricentennial celebration which will linger and resonate for decades. Top >
August 10, 2009, Elm Point, Lake Champlain
Greetings from Lake Champlain – just off Elm Point which is slightly north of Crown Point. We had an excellent stay in Crown Point yesterday and were warmly greeted by the local folks and the exceedingly helpful staff of the Crown Point State Historic Site. We stayed at the recently refurbished Crown Point pier, which was only half the size of the Day Peckinpaugh but a great dock for our purposes nonetheless. We are very much looking to our next stop at Crown Point on the way back, when we’ll be open to the public.
Prior to arriving in Crown Point, we had a wonderful trip up the Champlain Canal and the Narrows of Lake Champlain. We were happy to find water depth sufficient for our purposes in all the locations we were worried about. The Chief Engineer, Jim Brennan, has the engines and other systems running well as always. The crew has been busy painting and sprucing up as we go, which work will continue throughout the trip. But everywhere we go we hear the same thing: “She’s looking good!”
We had dinner last night with the incomparable Capt. Frank Pabst, Dean of the Lake Champlain maritime community and a long time friend. We were also joined by Suzanne Maye, Director of the Crown Point Visitor Center. We’ve worked closely with Suzanne on the details of our visit to Plattsburg and we were pleased to hear about all the exciting plans which have been made for our visit.
It is a beautiful, if hazy, day on the lake. Winds out of the south at 10 or so, which will be shifting around to the southwest, and then west, later in the day. Aside from the threat of an afternoon thunderstorm, it stands to be a spectacular day. Frank Pabst is with me in the wheelhouse, and we’ve done more sailing in the last hour than I’ve done in the last ten years. Frank and I were just talking about what an immense privilege it is to be out here on this proud old boat, reliving the past and imagining the future.
We will be rendezvousing with the Lois McClure, Tug Churchill, and Tug Urger later today for our entrance into Plattsburgh. It should make for a memorable site coming into Wilcox Dock. We are giving to understand that a throng of enthusiastic spectators will greet us on our arrival, after which we’ll be open for tours Tuesday and Wednesday.
As the Day Peckinpaugh cuts through the placid waters of Lake Champlain at a deliberate 5.2 knots, the sun peeking through the haze, I think the entire crew is cognizant of what a historic moment this is. To some extent, we all hear the echoes of yesterday across the water. As we leave our wake through history, we hope the lives we touch during our visits on Lake Champlain will honor the indelible mark of Champlain and Hudson. And by demonstrating the continued connectivity of the waterways which were once and still are the lifeblood of New York, we hope that those who step aboard will hear those echoes as well. Top >