From the very first Native American occupation of this region, people have been using Lake Champlain for sustenance, warfare, commerce, transportation, and now recreation. It lies 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.
Wheelhouse of Tugboat U.S. La Vallee
Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain
* Sites with an asterisk are currently open (during summer months) as part of the Vermont Underwater Historic Preserves. They are open to the public, and accessible to any certified SCUBA diver.
18th Century Vessels
19th Century Vessels
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)