Sunken Steamboat Reveals New Secrets

This past weekend avocational diver Gary Lefebvre of Colchester, VT, identified some unusual wreckage off Colchester Shoal in Lake Champlain using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Lefebvre brought footage of the discovery to the attention of Chris Sabick, our Director of Research and Archaeology, who identified the wreckage as the remains of one of two …

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Kayaking the Length of Lake Champlain: Teen Expeditions in 2020

This month, nineteen teenagers and two trip leaders have accomplished epic kayak expeditions, kayaking the length of Lake Champlain and reaching the Canadian border. An epic goal in a standard year, these voyages feel even more significant having been accomplished safely and successfully during a pandemic! We couldn’t be prouder of these intrepid teens and …

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Moving Thoughts to Action

By Susan Evans McClure, Executive Director As we grapple with systemic racism, police violence, and the legacy of slavery unfolding before our eyes, the work of a Maritime Museum on the shores of Lake Champlain can sometimes feel disconnected. But it is just at these moments that the core of our work as a history …

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The King’s Shipyard Archaeological Project Series – Part 1: Historical Context

By Daniel E. Bishop, PhD Student, Nautical Archaeology Program, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University Hi folks – Cherilyn here reporting from the Nautical Archaeology Center! Since the public won’t be able to stop by our conservation lab this season, we decided to keep everyone updated with our ongoing projects through the blogosphere! Last season …

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Jahaziel’s Two Worlds: The Hudson River and the Champlain Valley

By the Collections Team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum  Preface: This is the eighth story in a blog series about Vergennes resident and steamboat captain Jahaziel Sherman. This series is based on the Museum’s digital exhibit Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes, Steamboat Pioneer, which is free for all to explore online. We’ll be sharing more stories …

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Working from Home: Boat Shop Volunteers Are Keeping Busy!

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director As you’ve probably been following our updates, the Museum’s boat shop team has been finding creative ways to continue our boat shop work from home. It’s worth recognizing their creativity and work, as finding ways to do what we normally do in the shop from home is not an …

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