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Schooner visits Ogdensburg, Morristown

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Maritime history is on display today in Ogdensburg and in Morristown on Monday.

The schooner Lois McClure, an 88-foot-long full-scale replica of an 1862 canal boat, is open for free public tours at the city marina from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The vessel arrived in Ogdensburg late Thursday.

On Monday, the vessel and its 12-person crew will be docked in Morristown from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Vermont-based Lake Champlain Maritime Museum-launched vessel is in the midst of an 18-city, summer and fall tour of New York, Vermont, Ontario and Quebec waterway communities.

“Our mission is to bring history to the community,” said Arthur Cohn, project director.

The history is unique.

The Lois McClure is modeled after two 1862-canal schooners that sank in Lake Champlain, the General Butler and the OJ Walker. When active, they regularly traveled the waterways between New York City, Quebec City and Montreal.

Launched in 2004, the Lois McClure has visited 250 cities in an effort to promote the shared heritage of the people of New York, Vermont and

Quebec.

The three committees’ reception and appreciation over the years, according to Mr. Cohn, has been no less than an embrace.

“We’ve been pleasantly surprised and in some cases overwhelmed,” he said.

The schooner is named for Lois McClure. With her husband Mac, she has been a contributor to the ship as well as many other community projects in the Burlington, Vt., area

This year’s tour is commemorating the War of 1812 bicentennial.

A public reception is planned for the captain and crew today from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center. The Lois McClure will be open from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday for free tours.

For more information visit www.lcmm.org.

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