Arrival: Monday August 28 at approximately 3:30pm
Tuesday August 29 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Departure: Wednesday August 30 at approximately 9:00am
Champlain Maritime Museum's (LCMM’s) replica 1862
canal schooner Lois McClure will be in port at the
Port of Pittsford Park in the village of Pittsford on Monday
August 28 through
Wednesday August 30 during her 2017 Legacy Tour commemorating
the Erie Canal Bicentennial. The schooner began its
tour in the spring of this year and will continue
into the fall,
visiting ports along the Champlain and Erie Canals.
tour marks the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal's groundbreaking.
The World Canals Conference,
which celebrates canals as “agents of transformation,” inspired
the 2017 “Legacy Tour” of Lois McClure. The tour
pays tribute to the legacy of the canals, which celebrate
200 years in 2017, and the legacy of the Northern Forest
built the thousands of wooden boats that plied our waterways.
Visitors can board the schooner free of charge (donations
requested) to explore the 88-foot long boat and a special
Lois McClure has a unique capability to bring 200 years
of canal history
to life, while engaging people to appreciate and protect
our legacy waterways,” says New York State Canal Corporation
Director Brian U. Stratton. “It can also help inform how
the canal system can best serve the evolving needs of present
and future generations. ”
During the Legacy Tour the schooner crew will share with community
members and students a maritime perspective on the relationship
between waterways and trees, canal boats and forests through
an initiative called Stem to Stern. “The forests and the
waterways are a key to understanding how America transformed
into a powerful and prosperous nation,” says Erick Tichonuk,
LCMM Co-Executive Director. “Using human and animal power,
the canal builders cleared a pathway 60 feet wide and more than
400 miles long, much of it through forested lands, to create
the water highway that brought an economic boom. Almost overnight,
natural resources too bulky to ship overland became valuable
commodities.” The canals opened a floodgate of trade between
the Champlain Valley, ports along the Hudson River and the Atlantic
Seaboard, and through western New York to the Great Lakes.
However, the transformation also brought some unintended consequences.
Stem to Stern is designed to spark insight into the impact of
deforestation: eroded soil, silted waterways, loss of habitat
for fish and wildlife, and the arrival of invasive species. Marking
the transition to an era of habitat for fish and wildlife, and
the arrival of invasive species. Marking the transition to an
era sustainable forestry and environmental stewardship, the schooner
will transport a cargo of white oak and white pine seedlings
provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s
Trees for Tributaries Program, to be planted in communities along
The schooner is named in honor of Lois McClure, who, along with
her husband Mac, has been a major contributor to this and
many other community projects in the greater Burlington,
where the boat was constructed. (The
McClures were previously Pittsford residents.) The
sailing vessel was built by LCMM shipwrights
and volunteers on the Burlington waterfront, based on two
1862-class canal schooners discovered in Lake Champlain.
Since 2004, Lois McClure has cruised Lake Champlain, the
Hudson and St. Lawrence
Rivers, and the Erie Canal System, and has visited over
200 communities and welcomed aboard more than 225,000 visitors.
As an authentic
replica, Lois McClure has no means of propulsion other
than sail, so 1964 tugboat C. L. Churchill serves as power.
As with all
wooden vessels, constant care and maintenance is needed
to ensure safe and effective operation.
Free admission is offered throughout the tour thanks to the
generous support of sponsors including the New York State Canal
Corporation and the State of Vermont. Additional support has
been provided by Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership,
Lake Champlain Basin Program, Erie Canalway National Heritage
Corridor, the McClure family, the farm families of Cabot Creamery,
Lake Champlain Transportation, Corning Museum of Glass, International
Paper, and Vermont Family Forests. AmeriCorps Members have helped
LCMM staff develop educational and interpretive materials for
the project. Local hosts and supporters include Historic Pittsford,
the Village of Pittsford, and the Town of Pittsford.
Schooner Lois McClure is an educational outreach program of
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM), Vermont. A museum
with a difference, LCMM brings underwater discoveries and
to the public in exciting and imaginative ways. The Museum
is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 15,
more info. visit http://www.lcmm.org/our_fleet/lois_mcclure_schedule.htm or
call (802) 475-2022.