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November 10, 2013

'Peacemaker' sailing vessel wintering on Niagara River

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A crew of about a half-dozen men were building a greenhouse-type enclosure above the top deck of the vessel Thursday as it sat docked so its current crew of 10 can keep a little warmer during the frigid Western New York winter.

“We do our best work in shorts and bare feet,” Clinton said with a laugh. 

The enclosure should help the lower decks keep warmer throughout the winter as well. 

The Peacemaker is made of ipewood, a solid wood that has the same fire resistance as concrete or steel, Clinton said. 

The interior is finished in warm wood and many of the doors are inlaid with stained glass. There’s enough sleeping room to sleep 24 comfortably in six cabins, but Clinton said more could squeeze in if they need to. The 4,000-square-foot interior once included 10 bathrooms, but that’s been reduced to six.

Clinton’s wife, Gwen, spent Thursday afternoon chopping vegetables and preparing dinner for the crew along with another female crew member. While they handle the bulk of the cooking, she said sometimes the men help out.

She said they have lived on the Peacemaker, touring the country for about two years now, but they’ve been involved in some manner with the ship for 14 years. 

“The Great Lakes tour was fantastic,” she said of their first visit to the region this summer.

While the Peacemaker may be out of commission for tours this winter as they do maintenance — “It’s like running a little city,” Clinton said of the work — it will be back up and running in April, when he said they expect to start up the season by opening their doors to the Tonawandas.

For more information about the Peacemaker and to keep track of their itinerary for the upcoming season, visit www.peacemakermarine.com.

Contact Sunday Lifestyle editor Danielle Haynes at 693-1000, ext. 4116 or follow her on Twitter at @DanielleHaynes1.

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