2009 Quadricentennial Tour – Flagship of the Quadricentennial

2009 marked the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s visit to the lake that now bears his name. Lois McClure traveled to ports all along Lake Champlain in New York and Vermont helping lake communities commemorate this historic event. Read more about this journey through the Ship’s Logs.

2008 Our Shared Heritage Tour

In 2008, the schooner Lois McClure traveled north to the Province of Quebec, stopping at ports-of-call along the way. She was in Quebec City for their 400th anniversary celebration, commemorating the founding of that city in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Then Lois McClure traveled to the St. Lawrence communities of Montreal and Trois-Rivieres, and then south …

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2007 Grand Canal Journey

In 2007, Lois McClure embarked upon the Grand Canal Journey. The replica 1862 canal schooner left her home port at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on June 18, 2007 to travel across the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Over the course of four months, she stopped at more than 25 ports of call for tours, festivals, and …

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2006 Fall Educational Tour

The schooner Lois McClure toured the northern part of Lake Champlain, visiting St. Albans, VT, Grand Isle, VT, and Plattsburgh, NY in September and October. During the week, she was host to hundreds of school children from these communities, who otherwise may not have been able to travel to Burlington on field trips. Read more …

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2005 Grand Journey

In 2005, Lois McClure embarked on the Grand Journey, “From the Green Mountains to Manhattan”, sponsored in large part by the farm families who own Cabot Creameries. In these four months, she visited Burlington, Essex, Basin Harbor, and Whitehall on Lake Champlain, then traveled southwards through the Champlain Canal and Hudson River, welcoming visitors at Fort Ann, Fort …

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Lois McClure 2004 Launch and Inaugural Tour

Lois McClure was launched July 3, 2004, attended by thousands of people on the Burlington waterfront. After some work on her rigging, she was ready for her first voyage around the lake. The Inaugural Tour brought Lois McClure to many ports of call around Lake Champlain, including Whitehall, Westport, Essex, Port Henry, and Plattsburgh, NY, and St. Albans, …

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