2013 Tour: 1813 - The Story Continues
An ambitious tour schedule has been planned for schooner Lois McClure in the 2013 season, including many new destinations. Special Project Developer Art Cohn created the thematic and interpretive message, 1813: The Story Continues. The shipbuilding races and naval battles of 1813 helped to determine the outcome of the war, and left a legacy of shipwrecks beneath the waters of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain.
The proposed tour begins 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 enter Lake Ontario via the Oswego Canal and then head down the St. Lawrence River, stopping at previously unvisited ports of call in New York, Ontario and Quebec. We return to Lake Champlain through the Richelieu River and Chambly Canal. Beginning in June and ending in October the proposed tour encompasses over 30 ports of call.
Community enthusiasm and demand for the tour is very high. New York State Canal Corporation has already signed on as a principal 2013 partner and fundraising efforts are in full gear.
Lois McClure 2013 Tour ScheduleDates are subject to change
|Date||Times||Port of Call|
|Sat May 11 - Fri May 24||Burlington, VT||Deck Tours only|
|Sat May 25 - Thurs May 30||Burlington, VT|
|Sat June 1 - Sun June 2||Plattsburgh, NY|
|Tues June 4 - Sun June 5||LCMM at Basin Harbor, VT|
|Sat June 8||Whitehall, NY|
|Sat June 15||Little Falls, NY|
|Mon June 24||Palmyra, NY|
|Wed June 26||Rochester, NY|
|Sat June 29||Brockport, NY|
|Mon July 1||Medina, NY|
|Thurs July 4||Tonawanda, NY|
|Sat July 6 - Mon July 8||Buffalo, NY|
|Wed July 10||Lockport, NY|
|Sat July 13||Middleport, NY|
|Mon July 15||Holley, NY|
|Wed July 17||Spencerport, NY|
|Sat July 20||Fairport, NY|
|Mon July 22||Lyons, NY|
|Thus July 25||Baldwinsville, NY|
|Sat July 27 - Sun July 28||Syracuse, NY|
|Wed July 31||Phoenix, NY|
|Sat Aug 3 - Sun Aug 4||Oswego, NY|
|Sat Aug 10 - Sun Aug 11||Sackets Harbor|
|Thurs Aug 15||Cape Vincent, NY|
|Sat Aug 17 - Sun Aug 18||Clayton, NY|
|Tues Aug 20||Alexandria Bay, NY|
|Thurs Aug 22||Morristown, NY|
|Sat Aug 24 - Sun Aug 25||Ogdensburg, NY|
|Wed Aug 28||Gananoque, ON|
|Sat Aug 31||Brockville, ON|
|Mon Sept 2||Prescott, ON|
|Wed Sept 4||Morrisburg, ON|
|Sat Sept 7 - Sun Sept 8||Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC|
|Tues Sept 10||Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC|
|Fri Sept 13 - Sun Sept 15||Montreal, QC|
|Tues Sept 17||Sorel, QC|
|Sat Sept 21||Mont-St-Hilaire, QC|
|Tues Sept 24||Chambly, QC|
|Thurs Sept 26||Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC|
|Sat Sept 28 - Sun Sept 29||Île aux Noix, QC|
|Tues Oct 1||Plattsburgh, NY|
|Thurs Oct 3 - Sun Oct 6||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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