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Schooner Lois McClure on the Burlington Waterfront

Canal Schooner Lois McClure has concluded her season on the Burlington Waterfront as of Labor Day, 2016. Group tours are available this fall, please contact Tammy at (802) 475-2022 x101 to book.



Lois McClure under sail

Lois McClure on the Champlain Canal

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The continuing travels of Lois McClure encourage the public to appreciate and value our waterways, their cultural legacy and ecological resources.






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Organizations that have partnered with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in the recent past include: National Park Service; Lake Champlain Basin Program and Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership; The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; The New York State Canal Corporation; Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing; and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. Very special thanks to Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, and Congressman Paul Tonko for their leadership in stewardship of cultural heritage and natural resources in the Champlain and Hudson valleys.

The travels of Lois McClure are made possible by the generosity of the following individuals and businesses: Lois McClure and Family; The Farm Families that own Cabot and McCadam Creameries; Currier Forest Products; Lake Champlain Ferries (LCT); Shelburne Shipyard; Point Bay Marina; Basin Harbor Club; Friends of C. L. Churchill; Green Mountain Coffee; Lake Champlain Chocolates; and Shelburne Vineyards.

From the time people first inhabited our region, the interconnected waterways have played a decisive role in the political, social and economic fortunes of nations. The Lois McClure, hailing from Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain, is a replica of a type of boat once common throughout the region. Come aboard Lois McClure and travel back to the 1800s when wooden boats lined the docks.

Canal Schooner Lois McClure: History Comes Alive
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s replica canal schooner Lois McClure is modeled after two 1862-class canal schooners sunk in Lake Champlain. During their heyday, canal schooners were homeported on Lake Champlain but regularly plied the canals, rivers and lakes between New York City, Quebec City and Montreal. Launched in 2004, the Lois serves as a regional ambassador promoting the shared heritage of Quebecois, Vermonters and New Yorkers.

À partir du moment où l’homme a habité le paysage régional, le réseau interconnecté des cours d’eau a joué un rôle majeur dans la détermination de la politique, du social et de la fortune économique des nations. Le Lois McClure construit à Burlington, au Vermont, sur le lac Champlain, est la réplique d’un bateau typique de la région. Venez à bord du Lois McClure et remonter le temps jusqu’au 19e siècle, l’époque où les bateaux en bois s’alignaient aux quais.

Canal Schooner Lois McClure: L’histoire prend vie
La réplique de la goélette de canal
Lois McClure du Lake Champlain Maritime Museum est inspiré de deux goélettes de 1862 coulées dans le lac Champlain. Au cours de leur apogée les goélettes de canal bien que basées sur le lac Champlain ont sillonées les canaux, les rivières et les lacs entre New York, Québec et Montréal. Lancé en 2004, le Lois sert d’ambassadeur régional pour la promotion du patrimoine commun des Québécois, des Vermontais et des New-Yorkais.


Supporters • Partenaires


Primary Sponsorship

NYS Canal Corporation State of Vermont

Voyage Sponsors

Lake Champlain Basin Program National Park ServiceGreat Lakes FisheriesI Love NY
Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Lois McClure Sponsors
CabotMcCadam CheeseLake Champlain Transportation CompanyShelburne ShipyardHazelett Strip Casting Honda MarineBasin Harbor ClubVermont VacationPeople's United BankLake Champlain Regional Chamber of CommerceCurrier Forest Products

Hickok and Boardman Insurance Green Mountain Coffee Point Bay Marina NYS Parks and Recreation

National Heritage Trust

And also made possible by these supporters:

Tom's Marine The McClure Family Point Bay Marina
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy NY Congressman Maurice Hinchey


If you are interested in learning about the benefits of becoming a sponsor for the schooner Lois McClure, or for any of our other events and opportunities, call our Development Office, at (802) 475-2022.