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Maritime Burlington Exhibit at Perkins Pier

Maritime Burlington

Note: Located at Perkins Pier on the Burlington Waterfront

On View June 20 through October 12, 2015
  • 10am - 5pm Daily June 20 - August 23
  • 10am - 5pm Wednesday - Sunday August 24 - October 12

In a festive “big top tent” setting on Perkins Pier at the foot of Maple Street, this exhibit serves as a porthole to history for visitors and area residents, and a discovery resource for LCMM’s new Lake Adventure Camps.

The exhibit Maritime Burlington presents highlights from LCMM’s nautical archaeology fieldwork and historical research encourages exploration and discovery. “We are very excited to be greeting the public right where so much history happened,” says Executive Director Mike Smiles. “The lake’s first steamboat, Vermont – and the second commercially successful steamboat in the world – was launched right here on the Burlington waterfront in 1808.”

Changing views of the Burlington waterfront invite us to travel through time, seeing the breakwater, lighthouses, steamboats, canal boats, railroads and the cargoes that shipped in and out of the Champlain Valley, all helping to shape the city.  The exhibit also includes stories of former slaves for whom the historic waterway served as a corridor to freedom. Visitors can use a working replica of a nineteenth century crane to lift cargo into a small-scale canal boat. On weekends, there will be live demonstrations of maritime skills such as shaping spars, ropework and rigging.

Several boats from LCMM’s fleet will also add color to the waterfront at Perkins Pier: MV Baldwin, which will host Saturday Shipwreck tours in July; and “Champlain Longboats,” the student-built rowing boats used for community rowing, regional racing events, and On Water Ecology tours. Schooner Lois McClure and her companion wooden tugboat C. L. Churchill will also be in port, although the schooner is not available for boarding in 2015 while preparing for restoration work this fall.

Exhibit Location: Perkins Pier, Burlington, VT
(Google Maps use "1 Lavalley Lane, Burlington, VT")



Great Shipwrecks of NY's 'Great' Lakes

On View at LCMM May 30 through September 6, 2015

Great Shipwrecks of NY's Great LakesAs many as 10,000 shipwrecks lie in New York State waters, according to the National Park Service. This traveling exhibit showcases some of these most dramatic sites from Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, the Finger Lakes, Lake George and the St. Lawrence River. It features underwater footage, photographs, and a newly-built model of the Lake George radeau Land Tortoise.

Great Shipwrecks of NY's Great Lakes premiered in August 2014 at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, and has since traveled to venues across New York.

"Capturing the fascinating maritime heritage of New York State in this exhibit is proving to be a great way to encourage interest in education, underwater science innovation, and waterfront tourism as an economic engine for our coastal communities," says exhibit coordinator Dave White, New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist and associate director of the Great Lakes Research Consortium.

Presented by: The Great New York State Fair | New York Sea Grant

Great Lakes Seaway Trail | Great Lakes Research Consortium | Lake Champlain Sea Grant | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum | H. Lee White Maritime Museum | U.S.Coast Guard Auxiliary  | SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Sponsors: New York State Divers Association | National Aquatic Service | Aquatic World


History in Miniature: The Models and Dioramas of Bill Kissam

History in Miniature: The Maritime Models of Bill Kissam

On View at LCMM through October 11, 2015

In addition to detailed scale replicas of Lake Champlain steamboats, including the War of 1812 Saratoga and Confiance, yacht Comet, and canal schooner General Butler, Model maker Bill Kissam of Westport, NY, has constructed models and dioramas of mining operations, quarries, historic houses and gardens.

For more than 25 years, Kissam, a resident of Westport, NY, has created detailed and accurate scale models and dioramas for museums in the region, including ships from the War of 1812, Lake Champlain steamboats, iron mines, and historic gardens. The exhibit brings together models made for LCMM and private collections.

Opening Reception July 11, 4pm - 7pm

Light Refreshments


Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Accoutrements from the French and Indian War

Parley & Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy Past & Present

On View at LCMM June 27, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Parley & Protocol: Abenaki Diplomacy, Past & Present, a special exhibition, will open at the annual Abenaki Heritage Weekend, June 27-28, 2015. This exhibit is being developed for the Ft. Necessity National Park Service site by the Elnu Abenaki Tribe in partnership with the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association and will include recreated clothing and other articles like those used in the mid-eighteenth century as well as articles created for present day ceremonial and diplomatic occasions. Parley & Protocol will remain on view at LCMM through Oct. 11, 2015