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1812: Star Spangled Nation

1812 Star Spangled Nation - Art Exhibit

On View July 19 - Sept. 29, 2014

Twenty five dramatic paintings by sixteen of America’s most outstanding marine artists are presented at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in the exhibition 1812: Star Spangled Nation. The paintings transport us into the war’s three theaters: the Blue Water of the oceans; the Atlantic coastal waterways; and the Lakes along the border between Canada and the United States including Lake Champlain.

The artists provide a whole range of perspectives on the naval action of the 32-month war. Robert C. Sticker’s oil U. S. Frigate Constitution meets H. M. Frigate Guerriereis an intimate, water-level view of the historic engagement on the Atlantic south of Nova Scotia, while Richard Allison’s watercolor U. S. Sloop of War Wasp vs. H. M. Brig Frolic depicts a confrontation north of Bermuda, as seen from the crow’s nest of a nearby vessel. Linda Norton’s watercolor Topmast Lynx Privateer takes us into the rigging, and Patrick O’Brien’s portrait of Oliver Hazard Perry brings us face to face with a leader, while Sticker’s Second Salvo takes us into the close quarters of the gun deck with the nameless but equally heroic crew in action. In contrast to the roaring cannons of combat scenes, Victor Mays’ watercolor Departure shows a British raiding party silently deploying on Long Island Sound, and Len Tantillo contributed a radiant oil of U. S. Row Galley Allen Under Sail on Lake Champlain.

The American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), the nation’s oldest and largest marine art educational organization, organized this exhibition as a tribute to the memory of those whose service in the War helped develop the United States and Canada into independent nations and set the stage for the 200 years of mutually beneficial friendship since then

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 19, 5-7:30pm




“Fly” Through a Shipwreck!
Sloop Island Canal Boat - the Science Behind the Story

New sonar technology allows Museum visitors to virtually“tour” a shipwreck. LCMM’s Maritime Research Institute is exploring historic shipwrecks using the Teledyne BlueView BV 5000-2250, which takes thousands of individual sonar readings from a single location and displays the results as a three-dimensional (3D) point-cloud. Images from the ca. 1918 Sloop Island Canal Boat, captured last summer
using this technology, are coming to LCMM’s Nautical Archaeology Center in a new exhibit: Sloop Island Canal Boat - the Science Behind the Story. Open all season long.

Read more about LCMM's sonar research, and get a preview of this exciting technology in the video below:





Portrait of Thomas Macdonough
Circa 1815 Portrait of an American naval hero,
reputed to be Commodore Thomas Macdonough.
Donated to LCMM by Scott and Gladys Macdonough.

War of 1812 Exhibit

In recent years, a tangible legacy of shipwrecks from the War of 1812 has been discovered at the bottom of the lakes where naval history was made. On Lake Champlain, our nautical archaeology field school located and documented the remains of US Brig Eagle, and gunboat Allen, both built in Vergennes, VT in the winter of 1814; and the captured British Brig Linnet, built at the naval base on Isle Aux Noix, Quebec. These three vessels, mothballed after the treaty of Ghent, ended their days at Whitehall, NY at the southern end of Lake Champlain. (Read more about these War of 1812 shipwrecks.)

In Plattsburgh Bay, where the Battle of Lake Champlain took place, literally thousands of artifacts have been recovered from the lake bottom and conserved at our Conservation Lab. A selection of objects from these sites, together with new 1812 Bicentennial panels from the United States Navy are on view in the museum's War of 1812 Exhibit, providing a powerful connection to the battle that closed the final chapter in North America's northern boundary wars and ushered in two centuries of peaceful alliance between the United States, Britain, and Canada.

McDonough's Victory on Lake Champlain
McDonough's Victory on Lake Champlain, September 11, 1814. [detail]
This decisive land and lake engagement resulted in the culmination of the War of 1812. The Bicentennial provides an opportunity to explore this little-remembered but significant chapter in world history.





Prior Exhibits...


Reflective Pond by Vera Resnik
Reflective Pond by Vera Resnik

Lake Champlain Through the Lens Photo Show
May 31 - July 12, 2014

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 7, 2-4pm

Many of the photographers commented that scheduling the exhibit in the spring inspired them to look at the lake in new ways. The many seasons and moods of Lake Champlain are beautifully reflected in this exhibit of outstanding work by professional and amateur photographers. Comments from the panel of judges illuminate the details. Come and cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award.”

Read more about this Juried Photography Exhibit.

Want to get involved? Call for Entries available will be available here soon; deliver your ready-to-hang photographs to the museum in August.



To Build a Whaleboat: LCMM Partners with Mystic Seaport on a Whale of a Project

To Build a Whaleboat

If you stop by the Boat Shop at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum these days, you will hear something different from hammers and saws - the voices of whales fill the air as Museum staff and volunteers begin to build a whaleboat destined to go aboard Mystic Seaport's newly restored whaleship Charles W. Morgan.  

In a once-in-a-lifetime project, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) has been chosen to build one of ten new whaleboats for Mystic Seaport's whaleship Charles W. Morgan, which will embark in May 2014 on a voyage to several historic New England whaling ports.

Whaleship Charles W. Morgan
Whaleship Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.
Image courtesy Mystic Seaport.

Since Viking and Basque times, people have been clever, inventive, persistent, and extremely courageous in their pursuit of whales. Many New England fortunes were built on the whaling trade. Stories of people risking their lives on the high seas to hunt whales are vivid and exciting. Yet this relentless killing led to the near-extinction of several species with unanticipated long-term environmental consequences.

While we are building the whaleboat, a special exhibit at LCMM connects the Champlain Valley to this dramatic chapter in America's maritime past. The exhibit also takes a look at recent efforts to redefine the relationship between people and whales, and to help ensure the survival of the world's marine mammals.

Visit the Boat Shop to see the work in progress, and then follow the progress of the Whaleboat project on LCMM's Facebook page.  

For over 70 years, Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, has been the guardian of the world’s last wooden whaling ship and America’s oldest existing commercial vessel, Charles W. Morgan. The Seaport has engaged in a massive restoration project to ensure the long-term survival of this national maritime treasure. We’re thrilled to announce LCMM has been invited to build one of ten historically accurate whaleboats that will become part of Morgan’s interpretive program and part of a larger youth rowing program based in Mystic, CT. This summer, the boat will be lofted and an exhibit created to share this project and Lake Champlain’s connections to whales and whaling. Read more about this Whale of a Project.