Canal Schooner to Cross Lake for New York Visit

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A Vermont-built replica of a nineteenth century sailing ship will visit the New York side of Lake Champlain in late summer. The 80-foot “Lois McClure” is designed after mid-1800s canal schooners that sailed on Lake Champlain en route to and from the Hudson River. The ship will visit the ports of Plattsburgh, Essex, Westport and Port Henry in September and will return to the New York side of the lake next year.

The “Lois McClure” was designed by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and built in Burlington. Similar schooners once carried large quantities of cargo on the lake and continued on through the canals linking the lake with the Hudson.

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