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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lois McClure Schooner

VFF worked with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on several aspects of the Burlington Schooner Project. In this project, LCMM constructed a full-size replica of a 19th century sailing canal schooner at the Burlington Shipyard.

VFF provided both technical assistance and materials for initial exhibit construction during the construction phase. VFF maps and text interpreted the past, present, and future of forests in the Champlain Valley lowlands and document the story behind the wood in the Lois McClure. VFF hemlock built the schooner cross-section that shows visitors the construction techniques that will be used in the schooner. VFF also provided lumber for schooner construction.

The hemlock for the schooner exhibit came from Mike and Kathy Quinn's 55-acre North Ferrisburg woodland. Mike cut the trees, and Bob Growney of Shoreham milled and trucked the wood to the shipyard.

Dick and Pat Murphy's 39-acre woodland in Monkton provided white oak for the schooner. Dick and his son Patrick logged, milled, and trucked the lumber.

White pine for the schooner dinghy and hemlock cribbing for the schooner came from Ron and Karen McEachen's 41.5-acre woodlot in Bristol, Vermont. Bill Torrey of West Bolton logged the trees and Bob Growney milled and trucked the wood.

You can read more about the Lois McClure Schooner on the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum website.


The Lois McClure sails on Lake Champlain, Summer, 2004