A look back at shared maritime history

By Alan Hustak

A replica of a 19th-century Hudson River canal class schooner is open to the public at the Old Port this weekend.

Unlike many of the graceful tall ships that often sail into the harbour, the Louis McClure is a stubby little blue-collar working boat.

It resembles boats that used to carry heavy cargo between Montreal and New York City down the Richelieu River, through Lake Champlain and along the Hudson River canal system.

"Think of them as a tractor-trailers with sails," said the Louis McClure's first mate, Erick Tichonuk. "Before the railways, they travelled the historic corridor between Trois Rivières, Montreal and New York City."

The boat arrived in Montreal from Quebec City on Thursday to raise awareness about Quebec and New England's shared maritime history.

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