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Field School 2017: Basin Harbor Shipwreck Exploration

Divers document a Lake Champlain shipwreck

A field school experience is a critical component for anyone interested in learning about underwater archaeology. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is hosting a rigorous three-week program that combines hands-on underwater archaeological research and classroom instruction. 


Led by a team of professional divers and nautical archaeologists, diving sessions teach practical underwater skills. Students learn and practice both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology.


Through classroom lecture, students learn from a team of experts in archaeology, Lake Champlain history, and maritime law. Students also participate in artifact conservation at LCMM's renowned Conservation Laboratory.

The Shipwreck

During the 2017 fieldschool, students will help uncover the identity of an 89-foot wooden vessel sunk in Basin Harbor. Very little is known about this historic wooden vessel, the circumstances of its sinking, or even a general time period of construction. Much of the bottom of the hull remains intact, and artifacts found to date include glass bottles, iron spikes and iron fasteners. Come help us solve the mysteries of the Basin Harbor wreck!

2017 Field School



The fee for field school is $2525.00. A deposit of $250.00 is due upon acceptance and the remainder is due on the first day of class; all fees are payable to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This fee includes food, air fills, classroom and laboratory fees. The deposit and the remaining balance may be paid with check or credit card.


Optional graduate or undergraduate credit, 3 credit hours, is available through Castleton University. The cost of tuition is $450.00. Please register with Castleton to recieve credit by following this link.

Dive Equipment

Students must provide their own dive gear for early season cold water diving. This includes mask, fins, snorkel, thermal protection (7mm wetsuit or drysuit), hood, booties, gloves, BCD, regulators, depth gauge, and timing device. LCMM staff are happy to assist with rentals from the Burlington-based dive shop Waterfront Diving Center.


Students must provide their own transportation to and from Vermont. Arrangements can be made for pick-up from the local airports; if necessary, please contact the Field School Coordinator.


Students are responsible for the required diving insurance, diving medical exam and CPR/First Aid before the start of the course.

To Apply

Download and complete the APPLICATION & MEDICAL FORM. Complete and submit to Allyson Ropp by email, or regular mail:

Allyson Ropp
Field School Coordinator
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
4472 Basin Harbor Road
Vergennes, VT 05491
Phone: (802) 475-2022 ext 110

Questions? Contact Allyson Ropp at; (802) 475-2022 ext 110