June 13, 2006
Educators' Newsletter
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Champlain Discovery

Champlain Discovery Burlington openings still available!!

Do you know someone aged 13-16, who would want to build his or her own sea kayak, and paddle for 11 days on Lake Champlain? Tell them about this unique summer experience!
July 5th to August 7th
Scholarships available based on need. Learn more on our website.

Call 475-2022 or email nickp@lcmm.org


Map of the Entire Northern Waterway Now Available

LCMM has produced a new map of the Northern Waterway for use in the classroom! This map shows the waterway and the surrounding communities from Quebec to New York City, including the St. Lawrence River, the Chambly Canal, Lake Champlain, the Champlain Canal, and the Hudson River.

These waterways together comprise the Northern Waterway, one of the most important transportation routes in eastern North America. With the Champlain and Chambly canals opened in 1823 and 1843 respectively, goods could travel from Quebec City all the way to New York City on canal boats. This created a boom in commerce for the entire area, increasing trade with Canada, and boosting the local communitites all along the route.

Made possible by the generous support of the Barnes Foundation.

This poster is 9' tall! Order yours today by calling (802) 475-2022. $10 plus shipping and handling. Educators receive 10% off all store purchases.


Gleaner, First Boat Through the Champlain Canal in 1823 was built in St. Albans, VT

In September 1823, Gleaner was the first boat to travel through the newly-completed canal. Gleaner's maiden voyage through the new canal evoked celebrations all along the Hudson River route to New York City. An article in the Mercantile Advertiser of New York City described Gleaner, "The vessel was built as an experiment and is found to answer all the uses intended. She sails as fast and bears the changes of weather in the lake and river as well as ordinary sloops and is constructed properly for passing through the canal." This Gleaner could carry a cargo of 60 tons.

This historic photo is of the second Gleaner on Lake Champlain, built in Champlain, New York in 1883, and named after the original. She is considerably larger than the first, in fact in a member of the largest class of canal schooners built on the lake.

Our canal schooner Lois McClure, a replica of the 1862-class of canal boats, will be on tour in St. Albans this September! Then she will tour to Grand Isle and Plattsburgh in October. This fall Education Tour is designed to host school groups. You can learn more on our website, or by calling us. Sign up now for this dynamic and unique field trip in these ports of call. Call (802) 475-2022, ext 101.


Phone: 802-475-2022