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August 15, 2007

Canal Schooner Visits Oswego Aug. 21 and 22

The Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of an 1860s canal schooner, will visit Oswego Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22. Free tours will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.


OSWEGO - Visitors can get a glimpse of what life was like on a 1860s canal schooner Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22, when the Lois McClure visits Oswego's Historic Maritime District. The schooner will dock at Oswego's West Side Pier near the H. Lee white Marine Museum and will be open for free public tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The Lois McClure and her crew have spent the past several weeks visiting communities along the Erie and Oswego canal systems. The ship was built by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to depict the 19th century canal ships that both sailed on open water and moved people and goods through canal systems.

“We're thrilled to bring the Lois McClure to Oswego,” said Frank Dean, Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “This visit ties together past, present, and future by showcasing the many unique historic, cultural, natural, and recreational assets of the Canalway, including the Oswego Canal and Oswego's historic waterfront.”

Carmella R. Mantello, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, said, “As the Lois McClure visits Oswego and other historic canal communities this summer, the sense of history and excitement surrounding her voyage continues to grow. The Canal Corporation is pleased to help sponsor the Grand Canal Journey and looks forward to working with our partners and local communities like Oswego as we continue to enhance and preserve the Canal System for future generations.”

Local organizations have planned two special events to celebrate the Lois McClure's visit to Oswego. Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. visitors may sign up for an exclusive wine and cheese reception and private tour of the Lois McClure at a fundraising event on the west side pier. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Proceeds will be used to fund tall ship visits and other maritime-related events in the Historic Maritime District.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum will host a “Scalplock Saves the Cheese” children's party from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Activities will focus on the canal legend “Colonel Meacham's Giant Cheese” by Rosemary Nesbitt. Children will have an opportunity to visit with Nesbitt, make t-shirts, and crafts. A light lunch is included. Admission is $6 and pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by the Masons of Oswego Lodge 127.

For reservations and ticket information, call the Marine Museum at 342-0480.

Group tours are welcome. Large groups may contact the Oswego County Tourism Office, phone 349-8322, to schedule a visit.

The Oswego visit of the Lois McClure is made possible by a partnership of the Port of Oswego Authority, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego Maritime Alliance, Port City Preservation, Oswego County Tourism Office, City of Oswego, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, NYS Canal Corporation, and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Corporate sponsors are National Grid, KeySpan, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Pride of New York, Cabot and McCadam Cheese, Brookfield Power, and Saratoga Water.

For more information on the Lois McClure, visit www.grandcanaljourney.org.


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