Jun 24, 2005 — The Lois McClure has set sail on a four-month voyage. Yesterday, the 88-foot vessel, a replica of a 19th century cargo schooner, set out from Burlington to Essex on Lake Champlain to help the town celebrate its 200th birthday. The McClure will make other stops along the way, to teach people about the rich maritime history of the region, and is also heading through the Lake Champlain Barge Canal, down the Hudson River to New York City and back this summer. It was launched last year by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum as a floating ambassador to the region's nautical and commercial history. Last summer, Todd Moe spoke with a couple of the folks involved in the Lois McClure project in Burlington.