2014 Tour: 1814: From War to Peace
On the 200th anniversary of the final year of the War of 1812, Lois McClure's 2014 tour will focus on the land and sea British invasion of the US through Lake Champlain. We will bring this important and dynamic story to communities on Lake Champlain and the Hudson and Richelieu Rivers. Stay tuned here for more details!
2013 Tour: 1813 - The Story Continues
The schooner’s 2013 tour, with the theme 1813: The Shipwrights’ War and Other Stories, persevered through spring and summer storms to visit more than 30 ports of call in New York, Canada and Vermont following the path of the 1813 campaign. “The shipbuilding races and naval battles of 1813 helped to determine the outcome of the War of 1812, and left a legacy of shipwrecks beneath the waters of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Champlain,” explains Art Cohn, Project Historian. “Our dynamic outreach program explored history where it happened, on the anniversary of the cross- border war that ushered in 200 years of peace.”
Many of the historic canals on which the schooner traveled were constructed not long after the War of 1812, and were viewed in part as “homeland security” if it became necessary again to transport troops or military supplies. Happily, however, the canals, and the canal boats which traveled on them, have instead served the network of shared trade, commerce and recreation enjoyed by Canadians and Americans.
The tour began with the Champlain Canal and continues west across the Erie Canal to Buffalo, NY to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Commodore Perry’s victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. We entered Lake Ontario via the Oswego Canal and then headed down the St. Lawrence River, stopping at previously unvisited ports of call in New York, Ontario and Quebec. We returned to Lake Champlain through the Richelieu River and Chambly Canal. Beginning in June and ending in October the tour encompassed over 40 ports of call.
Many thanks to our tour partners and sponsors, our museum members and volunteers, and the support from each community!
Lois McClure 2013 Tour Schedule
Dates are subject to change. Admission is free of charge.
|Date||Times||Port of Call|
|Sat May 11 - Fri May 24||Burlington, VT|
|Sat May 25 - Mon May 27||10am - 5pm||Burlington, VT|
|Sat June 1 - Sun June 2||10am - 5pm||Plattsburgh, NY|
|Tues June 4 - Wed June 5||10am - 5pm||LCMM at Basin Harbor, VT|
|Sat June 8||10am - 5pm||Whitehall, NY|
|Thurs July 11- Sat July 13||Troy, NY|
|Sat July 20||10am - 5pm||Amsterdam, NY||Riverlink Park|
|Sun July 21||Fort Plain, NY|
|Mon July 22||5pm - 8pm||Little Falls, NY|
|Sat July 27 - Sun July 28||10am - 5pm||Syracuse, NY||Inner Harbor|
|Thurs August 1||5pm - 8pm||Lockport, NY|
|Sat August 3 - Sun August 4||10am - 5pm||Buffalo, NY|
|Mon August 5||3pm - 6pm||Buffalo, NY|
|Wed August 7||11am - 6pm||Tonawanda, NY|
|Thurs August 8||5pm - 8pm||Medina, NY|
|Fri August 9||5pm - 8pm||Brockport, NY|
|Sun August 11||10am - 5pm||Palmyra, NY|
|Mon August 12||5pm - 8pm||Lyons, NY|
|Wed August 14||5pm - 8pm||Baldwinsville, NY|
|Thurs August 15||5pm - 8pm||Phoenix, NY|
|Sat August 17||10am - 5pm||Oswego, NY|
|Tues August 20||11am - 6pm||Sackets Harbor, NY|
|Fri August 23||5pm - 8pm||Cape Vincent, NY|
|Sat August 24 - Sun August 25||10am - 5pm||Cape Vincent, NY|
|Tues August 27 - Wed August 28||11am - 6pm||Clayton, NY|
|Fri August 30||11am - 6pm||Gananoque, ON|
|Sun September 1||10am - 5pm||Alexandria Bay|
|Tues September 3||11am - 6pm||Prescott, ON|
|Sat September 7 - Sun September 8||10am - 5pm||Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC|
|Sat Setpember 14||10am - 5pm||Ogdensburg, NY|
|Mon September 16||11am - 6pm||Morristown, NY|
|Tues September 17||11am - 6pm||Brockville, ON|
|Thurs September 19||11am - 6pm||Morrisburg, ON||Crysler Marina|
|Fri September 27||10am - 5pm||Chambly, QC|
|Sun September 29||10am - 5pm||Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC|
|Fri October 4||11am - 6pm||Burlington, VT||
Welcome Home Party! 4:30 - 6:00pm
|Sat October 5 - Sun October 6||10am - 5pm||Burlington, VT|
Dates are subject to change
The continuing travels of Lois McClure encourage the public to appreciate and value our waterways, their cultural legacy and ecological resources. In the meantime, check out our Blog to read more about schooner Lois McClure's travels. Want to volunteer? Become a schooner sponsor?
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.
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