FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – A unique history lesson was offered by a local maritime museum Monday.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum provided a tour of the Lois McClure. The 80-foot canal schooner is a replica of two shipwrecks discovered in Lake Champlain.
The original ships were propelled by wind and carried heavy cargo along the Erie Canal which used to be New York’s interstate highway.
The 2014 tour focuses on the bicentennial of the conclusion to the War of 1812. Project Director Art Cohn said the schooner was built to visually interpret regional history.
“Where their cargo was once heavy goods, our cargo is history,” he said. “And this year, we’re interpreting the final year of the War of 1812-1814.”
The Lois McClure will continue down the Hudson River and make stops in Schuylerville, Mechanicville, and Albany’s Riverfront Park.