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Lois McClure setting sail for Rouses Point

In 2002, the Lois McClure was constructed in Burlington, Vt. However, with no plans to follow in the building of the canal boat, naval architects, historians and archaeologists worked together to create a replica of two sailing-canal boats, both of which are shipwrecks at Burlington Harbor.

The schooner was named after a woman, Lois McClure, who contributed financially to the building of the replica, explained Favreau.

The replica was launched for its inaugural tour in July 2004, where it sailed around Lake Champlain, although it never stopped in Rouses Point.

"She's been all over," said Favreau. "She's been to Quebec, she's been to Montreal. She's docked at the Maritime Museum ... she's been to Burlington, been to Plattsburgh and now she's coming to Rouses Point. I think it's very special."

Lois McClure will be docked at Gaines Marina on Lake Street from Tuesday, June 23, through Wednesday, June 24.

During the two-day event, there will be free tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and a wine and cheese reception from 6-8 p.m. June 23.

"Everybody who comes to the wine and cheese party, we're asking for a donation of $15," explained Favreau. "They'll get a glass, they'll get entertainment by 'Sounds of the Northway,' they'll get to meet the crew [of Lois McClure] and they'll get wine and cheese."

The glass is a souvenir wine glass with a picture of Samuel de Champlain on one side with the words "Rouses Point: Where Champlain Found His Lake." On the back will be the Quadricentennial logo.

One of the goals during the Lois McClure tour this summer is to feature a special timeline exhibit which focuses on the "11,000 years of Native American culture that preceded Champlain's arrival, and of the four centuries that followed," according to LCMM.

"This 400th anniversary year is the most extraordinary opportunity to gain a new perspective on our historic waterway," LCMM director Art Cohn stated in a press release. "The year 1609 serves as a lens through which to view the interwoven lives and cultures that shaped the Champlain Valley over the centuries."

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