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Replica canal boat docks in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Lois McClure, a floating museum, is traveling canal this summer

Photos by Tom Rivers

Jean Belisle, a member of the nine-person Lois McClure crew, talks about the helm, which he said was nicknamed a “shin splinter” by crew members. The Lois McClure is traveling the canal this summer. The boat is a wooden replica of a canal boat from the 1860s.

Visitors flock to see what the boat looks like below deck.

The Lois McClure docked in Medina today and was open for tours from 4 to 8 p.m. The boat heads east on Friday for an event in Brockport. The schooner is a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat. It was constructed by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont and launched in 2004.