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The Lois McClure to visit Buffalo as part of Canal Bicentennial Celebration

An authentic replica of a 19th-century canal boat is making a return trip to Buffalo. The Lois McClure will be arriving in Buffalo on Friday, August 18, as part of a Canal Bicentennial Celebration. During its stay, the community will be invited to board the replica of a 1862 sailing canal boat. Buffalo is just one stopping points along the vessel’s seasonal tour of New York’s historic canals.

The groundbreaking of the Erie Canal was held in Rome, N.Y. on July 4, 1817.

The New York State Canal Corporation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have partnered with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to tour this wonderful craft. During its journey, the Lois McClure will be laden with seeds of white oak and white pine trees (provided by the DEC), which will help to tell the story of the wood used to build the canal boat. That same wood helped to industrialize cities such as Buffalo – the logging industry made a lot of people rich and put Buffalo on the map as a boomtown. 200 years later, the Lois McClure will help to tell that story, and that of the Erie Canal. 

The schedule for public boarding in these communities appears below:

  • Medina – August 10, 11:00 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Lockport – August 12-13, 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tonawanda – August 15, 1-7 p.m.
  • Buffalo (Canalside) – August 18-20, 12-6 p.m.
  • Middleport – August 23, 3-7 p.m.

For more information and a complete schedule for the Lois McClure, visit

Learn more about the history of the Lois McClure by visiting (PDF) – lead image.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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