To Build a Whaleboat: LCMM Partners with Mystic Seaport on a Whale of a Project
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. It will be on board in May 2014 when Morgan embarks on a voyage to several historic New England whaling ports.
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.
Ernie Haas: Maritime Artist Extraordinaire
Vanished Vessels Made Visible
June 1-August 18, 2013
Vanished Vessels Made Visible, a special exhibit of works by marine artist Ernie Haas, brings lake history vividly to life. For more than 20 years, Haas has worked with LCMM archaeologists to create dramatic paintings that capture the lake’s legacy of vanished vessels. View a selection of his extraordinary works at LCMM, June 1 through August 18, 2013.
Opening Reception: June 1, 2-4pm Meet the artist!
“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:
Lake Champlain Through the Lens
September 2 - October 13, 2013
Sunday, September 2, 2-4pm
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.
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.