The 88-foot-long Lois McClure schooner, a replica of an 1862 Erie Canal schooner, will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. today in port at Upson Park in Lockport and from 11 to 6 a.m. Wednesday in Gateway Harbor Park on the City of Tonawanda side of the Erie Canal.
It also will be open at Canalside on Buffalo’s waterfront from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.
Visitors can tour the boat from stem to stern free of charge.
Upson Park can be accessed from Clinton Street hill on Route 78.
Music and re-enactors from the History Center’s Step Back in Time Players will provide entertainment.
This year’s theme is “1813: The Shipwrights’ War, and Other Stories,” with a look at the number of ports that played significant roles during the War of 1812 , the shipbuilding races in that era, as well as the naval battles that left a legacy of shipwrecks beneath the waters of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain.
The schooner’s voyage will commemorate Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 10, 1813.
The schooner’s senior captain, Roger Taylor, is a descendant of Perry.