Canal motorship Day Peckinpaugh joined by other historic vessels in Plattsburgh, Burlington, and Crown Point Waterford, NY- The historic canal motorship Day Peckinpaugh arrives in Plattsburgh on Tuesday, August 11, as it travels the Champlain and Hudson Corridor on its 500-mile Quadricentennial Legacy Voyage. The 259-foot canal boat, built in 1921, will be joined by the replica 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure and 1901 Tug Urger at the Wilcox Dock in Plattsburgh on August 11-12 and at the Burlington waterfront on August 14-16. The public is invited to step on board free of charge (see tour schedule below for hours). The Legacy Tour commemorates 400 years of maritime progress in the Empire State-from early exploration to ship innovation to canal building to the continued use and enjoyment of Champlain and Hudson waterways. "This is an exceptional opportunity for people to explore these remarkable vessels-each offering a unique window into the traditions and heritage of Lake Champlain, New York's canals, and the Hudson River," said Erie Canalway Executive Director Beth Sciumeca. The Day Peckinpaugh was the first canal motorship ever built and is the only one that remains. Rescued from the scrap yard in 2005, it is now the largest single item in the collection of the New York State Museum. The tour marks its first voyage in its new role as a traveling museum. The voyage is organized by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in conjunction with Saratoga National Historical Park, the New York State Museum, the New York State Canal Corporation, and tour community partners. Tour Schedule Tuesday-Wednesday, August 11-12 Plattsburgh, Wilcox Dock Free tours: 11 am - 7 pm Experience the breadth of maritime history on display with vessels including the canal schooner Lois McClure, Tug Urger, and the Day Peckinpaugh together on the dock at Plattsburgh. Enjoy music and food on shore throughout the day. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 14-16 Burlington, Perkins Pier Free tours: Friday 4 - 7 pm; Saturday-Sunday10 am - 6 pm Working on Water Weekend- Tour the Day Peckinpaugh, Tug Urger, replica Canal Schooner Lois McClure, and Tug 8th Sea on Vermont's own "great lake." Also visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to learn about the history of Lake Champlain boating from the 1600s to the present. Wednesday, August 19 Crown Point, Crown Point Pier Free tours: 11 am - 7 pm Join the festivities as the Day Peckinpaugh is welcomed to the newly refurbished Crown Point Pier at the DEC campground in Crown Point. The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse also invites visitors to examine and explore its recently renewed sculpture and structure. A climb to the top offers breathtaking scenic vistas. For more information and schedule of events at fourteen ports of call, visit: www.eriecanalway.org.
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