The 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure, will make a return
stop this month. The 90-foot schooner is a full-scale replica
of an 1862 sailing canal boat. These unique vessels were
designed to sail from lake cities to canal ports using wind
power and then to lower masts and sails when traveling
FREE Tour of the Lois McClure Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
FREE 2012 Tour: Commemorating the War, Celebrating the Peace The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 provides an opportunity to return to Canada and
explore this important chapter in world and regional history. Many ports on our tour were
significant fortifications during the War of 1812, including Kingston, Ontario, Sackets Harbor,
NY, and Oswego, NY. From there we will travel the Oswego, Erie and Champlain Canals
back to Lake Champlain. The tour culminates with visits to Essex, NY and Vergennes, VT,
both with prominent roles in providing the ships for the American 1812 naval effort on Lake
Our 2012 itinerary will take us to forty communities along the interconnected waterways of
Lake Champlain, the Richelieu, St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and the Rideau Canal.