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Tugboat C.L. Churchill Restoration at LCMM & LCT's Burlington Shipyard - Winter 2005

A new project is underway at LCMM’s Burlington Shipyard this winter: restoration of the tugboat C.L. Churchill. The 34-foot inland tugboat was donated by Shelburne Shipyard to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to serve as an escort to replica 1862 schooner Lois McClure. A team of professional and volunteer boat builders who had worked on construction of the Lois McClure is working to assess the condition and replace and repair hull planking and other parts of the wooden vessel. The tugboat will go back into the water in early June, ready to take part in the schooner’s Grand Journey through the Champlain Canal and down the Hudson River to New York City.

“The museum is delighted with this generous gift,” said LCMM Executive Director Art Cohn. “Historically, canal boats relied on tugboats, and C.L. Churchill has a very important role to play in the coming season and the years ahead.” While the schooner plays the starring role at most of the ports of call, in September, Churchill takes the spotlight when the LCMM vessel participates in the Tugboat Roundup and Parade from Albany to Waterford.