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Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain

Webcast of the Shipwrecked Sarah Ellen - November 5, 2009
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From the very first Native American occupation of this region, people have been using Lake Champlain for sustenance, warfare, commerce, and now recreation. It forms a natural water highway between the Adirondacks to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Military control of the lake meant control of the surrounding regions. Later the lake was used for commercial purposes, shipping goods and products north into Canada and south to the Hudson River. Join us as we discuss these timeframes in Lake Champlain History.

With such active use of the lake, accidents were inevitable. Boats from every time period in history have been sunk, and not all of them unintentionally. The list of shipwrecks below is by no means exhaustive. These represent only a sampling of the sites strewn across the bottom of Lake Champlain.

Shipwreck Tours!

Explore a shipwreck - without getting wet!
Did you know that there are over 300 historic shipwrecks at the bottom of Lake Champlain? Take a tour boat to the site of one of these wooden wrecks and go for a “dive” using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). This robotic camera sends back real-time video to an on-board monitor as we share the vessel’s dramatic story.Don’t miss this incredible experience - for all ages! Read more about Shipwreck Tours.


Selected Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain

*Sites with an asterisk are currently open (during summer months) as part of the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. They are open to the public, and accessible to any certified SCUBA diver.

18th Century Vessels

Revolutionary War Gunboat Spitfire
Sloop Boscawen

19th Century Vessels

War of 1812 Vessels: Allen, Eagle, Linnet & Ticonderoga

Barge (Wreck OO)
Barge (Steel) (Wreck FFF)
Barge at Rouses Point (Wreck WW)

Barge with Brick Load (Wreck GGG)

Drawboat in Port Henry

*Horse Ferry

Lake Schooner (Wreck SSS)
Lake Sloop (Wreck QQQ)
Lake Schooner Excelsior
Lake Schooner Sarah Ellen
*Lake Schooner Water Witch

Pin Plat in Ausable

*Sailing Canal Boat General Butler
*Sailing Canal Boat O.J. Walker
Sailing Canal Boat Troy (Wreck SS)
Sailing Canal Boat in Shoreham
Sailing Canal Boat (Wreck C)
Sailing Canal Boat (Wreck UU)
Sailing Canal Boat (Wreck TTT)
Sailing Canal Boat (Wreck UUU)
Sailing Canal Boat (Wreck WWW)

*Standard Canal Boat A.R. Noyes
Standard Canal Boat L.A. Hall (Wreck II)
*Standard Canal Boat near Diamond Island, "Stone Boat"
*Standard Canal Boat near Sloop Island (Wreck Z)
Standard Canal Boat Vergennes "Stove Boat"
Standard Canal Boat "Mule Wreck" (Wreck EE)
Standard Canal Boats at Gourlie Point (Wrecks I4, J4, K4)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck A4 & B4)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck F4)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck K7)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck P4)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck Q7)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck GG)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck JJ)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck LL)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck YYY)
Standard Canal Boat (Wreck ZZZ)

Steamboat L.J.N. Stark (Wreck YY)

*Steamboat Phoenix
*Steamboat Champlain II

20th Century Vessels

Airplane U.S. Army Aircraft (Wreck E)
Airplane Republic Seabee

Barges in Missisquoi Bay

Modern Powerboat (Wreck EEE)
Modern Powerboat Boat (Wreck JJJ)
Modern Powerboat (Wreck KKK)
Modern Powerboat (Wreck NNN)
Modern Sailboat (Wreck DDD)
Modern Sailboat (Wreck MMM)

Tugboat U.S. La Vallee
Tugboat Wm. H. McAllister
Diesel Ferry Roosevelt II



Brown's Brickyard
Great Bridge - Ticonderoga to Mt. Independence
Ore Bed Harbor mining remains
Pine Street Barge Canal Site

Ship's wheel of the sailing canal boat OJ Walker
Ship's wheel of the
sailing canal boat O.J. Walker.


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