Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 class sailing canal barge. She was built by a mostly volunteer crew in Burlington, Vermont by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The museum produced construction drawings based off of two wrecks in Lake Champlain using their extraordinary marine archaeology department. Completely flat bottomed and slab-sided, these centerboard schooner-rigged barges fit perfectly in the Erie and Champlain Canals. Drawn by mule until they got to open water, they would sail to inland ports to load cargo ranging from lumber to coal to marble.
We were called in by shipwright and original builder, Rob Thompson, of Windfall Woodworks, to help out with a planking project in September of 2019. The boat's planking had suffered at the waterline and needed to be replaced before the frames beneath started to rot. We replaced several strakes at the waterline and repaired a few frames while the boat was open.
Additionally, Garett had worked on her in 2015 for North Atlantic Shipbuilding and Repair, replacing a section of chine log as well as a section of hull planking.
We specialize in consulting, restoration, and new builds for historic and museum vessels. Please contact us is we can help you with any of these services.