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Canal Schooner Lois McClure to Visit Newark

Free Tours Tuesday, August 31

Free entertainment to be featured
WHEN: Tuesday August 31, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Newark Chamber of Commerce Port of Newark, T. Spencer Knight Park 199 Van Buren St., Newark, NY 141513

WHAT: The majestic 88-foot canal schooner Lois McClure arrives in Newark on Tuesday, August 31, on a cruise across New York State called the "Our Shared Heritage: World Canals Tour." The authentic replica of an 1862 canal boat will be open for tours, free of charge, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.., Tuesday, August 31.

This expedition is made possible by a partnership between the New York State Canal Corporation, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

WHY: The Lois McClure is on a 1,000-mile summer journey on the "Our Shared Heritage: World Canals Tour." She departed her home port on Lake Champlain on July 22 and will visit 20 historic ports-of-call along the Champlain and Erie Canals, two segments of the modern-day New York State Canal System.
The schooner will arrive at the World Canals Conference in Rochester this September before returning to her home port in the fall. The 2010 cruise is a follow up to the successful "Grand Canal Journey" of 2007 which attracted more than 30,000 to the boat. People from New York and worldwide climbed aboard and stepped back in time.

Constructed in Burlington, Vt., and launched in 2004, the Lois McClure is an exact replica of an 1862 canal schooner designed to sail from lake cities to canal ports using wind power. Upon reaching a canal, the masts were lowered and centerboards raised, transforming the vessel into a typical, shallow-draft canal boat.


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2 Comments to "Schooner "Lois McClure""

  1. Anonymous Said,

    We visited the Lois McClure in Clyde on Sunday. Very worth the visit and the crew were exceptionally welcoming and informative. On Monday, we were riding through Newark and happened to see the Lois McClure docking there, so stopped to welcome them to Newark and told them about facilities there.

    Posted on Tue Aug 31, 07:30:00 AM EDT

  2. Anonymous Said,

    We just visited the Lois McClure in Newark. Lovely site, most interesting schooner, informative walk around the deck and below. Thanks for keeping us informed!

    Posted on Tue Aug 31, 01:47:00 PM EDT


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