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New Watercraft Building Under Construction at Maritime Museum


Contact: Eloise Beil, Community Relations Manager
(802) 475-2022

Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of the William Hazelett family, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has begun construction of a new exhibit facility: the Hazelett Watercraft Center. This new building will feature highlights of LCMM’s extraordinary collection of over 90 small boats made and used on Lake Champlain. The exhibit celebrates the unique style and craftsmanship of Lake Champlain’s watercraft and honors the boat builders who created them. Over the centuries thousands of hand-crafted wooden boats on the lake served a myriad of purposes: hunting, fishing, transportation of goods and people, as well as recreation and leisure. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Ice Yacht Storm King, in its day the fastest form of man-made transportation on the Lake. The exhibit also traces the legacy of canoes from indigenous dugouts and birch bark to Old Town canoes and Adirondack Guide Boats. These boats continue to inspire the people who design and create boats, canoes and kayaks of both traditional and innovative materials.

The gala opening of the new building on July 17 will kick off LCMM’s annual Small Watercraft Festival. Also new this season the museum will be installing 250 feet of new docks for visiting boaters thanks to a Vermont Boating Infrastructure Grant.