One of the cornerstones of the LCMM's mission is to study Lake Champlain's extraordinary collection of historic shipwrecks and present that information to the public. A natural outgrowth of the LCMM's archaeological studies is the implementation of replica building projects.
In the 1980s, the museum began the first of its experimental projects to construct full-sized working replicas of historic vessels to teach the history and archaeology of Lake Champlain. The first replica boat, the Colonial-era bateau Perseverance, exceeded all expectations and convinced the museum that this was an effective process.
In 1989, construction began on a much larger project: the 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II. Throughout her construction phase, she was made available for viewing by the visiting public. Once completed, her use as an educational platform has been extraordinarily successful; students and visitors alike may step aboard the vessel, handle her lines, and interact with knowledgeable interpreters.
Today our fleet consists of two full-sized replica vessels that visitors may board, several restored boats for viewing, and numerous small craft, some on display, and some actively used in our rowing programs. Visit the links to the right to learn about each of them.
Host your special event aboard one of our replicas! These watercraft provide a truly unique platform for any event. Contact Erick Tichonuk, (802) 475-2022 ext 120 for details on pricing and availability.