Replica Schooner Begins Canal Tour

Six-Week Waterway Journey

OSWEGO – A complete replica of an 1862 canal schooner will enter the New York State Canal System today at Oswego, embarking on a six-week tour of the waterway.

The itinerary takes the Lois McClure to 40 communities along the interconnected waterways of Lake Champlain, the Richelieu, St. Lawrence andOttawa Rivers and the Rideau Canal. Following its trip through Oswego Canal, the ship will travel the eastern Erie Canal, the Champlain Canal and Lake Champlain before reaching her homeport at theLake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes,VT.

Howard P. Milstein, chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, said, “The Erie Canal and New York State Canal System bring history to life every day. When we have an opportunity to host an extraordinary vessel like the Lois McClure, it affords a rare opportunity for people to step aboard and back through time.”

Brian U. Stratton, director of the New York State Canal Corporation, said, “We are pleased to welcome this replica canal schooner back to the waters of the New York State Canal System. As a major sponsor of her four-month voyage commemorating the War of 1812, we celebrate the rich maritime heritage of the Empire State and surrounding regions. We encourage everyone to visit one of the 15 stops the Lois McClure will make along the Canal System.”

Erick Tichonuk, co-executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, said, “We are thrilled to once again travel the historic waters ofNew York’s Canals.  The friends we’ve made and places we’ve seen on past transits have produced great memories and a tremendous sense of enthusiasm on the part of the crew to be traveling through once again.”

The journey of the Lois McClure highlights the maritime heritage of New York and Canada, focusing on the War of 1812.  This year’s bicentennial of the conflict provides an opportunity to explore this important chapter in world and regional history. Many ports along the tour were significant fortifications during the War of 1812, including Kingston, Ontario; Sackets Harbor, NY; and Oswego, NY.

A full list of the Lois McClure’s ports of call for the remainder of her trip appears below:


Sept 1-3 Oswego, NY
Sept 7-8 Phoenix, NY
Sept 11 Rome, NY
Sept 13 Frankfort, NY
Sept 15-16 Little Falls, NY
Sept 18 Fort Plain, NY
Sept 20 Canajoharie, NY
Sept 22 Amsterdam, NY
Sept 25 Half Moon, NY
Sept 27 Rensselaer, NY
Sept 29-30 Waterford, NY
Oct 3 Schuylerville, NY
Oct 5 Fort Edward, NY
Oct 7 Whitehall, NY
Oct 10-11 Essex, NY
Oct 13-14 Vergennes, VT


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