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New Book on Lake Champlain Sailing Canal Boats Just Published by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum - December 2003

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Lake Champlain's Sailing Canal Boats: An Illustrated Journey from Lake Champlain to the Hudson River, by LCMM executive director Arthur B. Cohn. Richly illustrated in full color, with both historical and contemporary photographs and drawings, the volume takes the reader on a fascinating journey through history from before the region's first exploration by Europeans to the present day, culminating with the construction of the replica canal schooner Lois McClure. Available in both soft and hard cover, the book can be ordered from the LCMM museum store (802) 475-2022, or at area bookstores.

A collaborative effort by a great team of historians, archaeologists, boat builders, editors and designers, the book brings to life the era when wooden vessels plied the waters of Lake Champlain and reveals the nearly-forgotten story of the lake‚s sailing canal boats. The 1980 discovery of the General Butler, an intact but mysterious shipwreck at the southern end of the Burlington Breakwater, sparked years of research and fieldwork that led the museum to the Burlington Schooner Project. Along the way, museum archaeologists and researchers gathered a wealth of new information about the sweeping changes to the region that followed the opening of the Champlain Canal in 1823, when Lake Champlain and the Hudson River were linked for continuous navigation for the first time.

The new book also details the story of the museum's replica canal schooner Lois McClure, from the laying of her keel to the preparation for her anticipated journey, retracing the old-time route between Burlington, Vermont and New York City. The completed schooner will be launched on July 3, 2004 in conjunction with Burlington's community Independence Day celebration, and has been selected by the Vermont Department of Travel and Tourism as one of the Top Ten Summer Events of 2004.