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The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to hold youth rowing races on Burlington waterfront, Saturday Oct. 14, 2006

Wakefield Row
in Burlington Harbor.
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Wakefield Row,
near the Burlington lighthouse.
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Nick Patch
Phone: 802-475-2022 x113

On Saturday October 14th the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program will hold its fall youth rowing race in Burlington, the James Wakefield Rescue Row. This annual event is named after James Wakefield who was responsible for the courageous rescue of the passengers and crew of the canal schooner General Butler on December 9th, 1876 after it crashed into the Burlington breakwater during a fierce winter gale.

The race will consist of over fifty kids rowing eight, 32- and 25-foot rowing boats in a series of heats along the Burlington Waterfront. These magnificent boats were built by Vermont High School and Middle School students in classes held at the Maritime Museum. Crews will hail from local schools and from as far as the coast of Maine. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Burlington Community Boat House at the foot of College Street. The public is welcome to come and watch the event. If you are interested in photographing the event from a boat, please contact Nick Patch at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.