Lois McClure at her home port at Perkins Pier, Burlington, Vermont.
Lois McClure at her home port at Perkins Pier, Burlington, Vermont.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s schooner Lois McClure will be in port in Cold Spring on Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17, with public hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during her tour commemorating the War of 1812 Bicentennial. This year’s thematic and interpretive message is 1814: From War to Peace.

“The shipbuilding races and naval battles of 1814 helped to determine the outcome of the War of 1812, and left a legacy of shipwrecks beneath the waters of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Champlain,” explains Art Cohn, special project director.

Visitors can board the schooner free of charge to explore the 88-foot long boat “from stem to stern.” Many ports on the tour played significant roles during the War of 1812.

LCMM’s authentic replica 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure has no means of propulsion other than sail, so 1964 tugboat C. L. Churchill serves as power.

Free admission is offered throughout the tour thanks to the generous support of sponsors. Visit lcmm.org.

Photo courtesy of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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