The Search for MacDonough’s Shipyard

In September of 1814 the American Naval Fleet on Lake Champlain, commanded by Commodore Thomas MacDonough fought and defeated the British Royal Navy at the Battle of Plattsburgh Bay.  This conflict included the largest sailing vessels to ever operate on the Lake.  But where were these massive American vessels built?  It is well known that …

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Signs of Spring and Updates from the Boat Shop

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director Since January we’ve been sharing weekly updates on our Champlain Longboats student boat building program as students from Middlebury and Vergennes learn how to build a pilot gig – a 32’ open-water rowing boat. Our boat building students have gotten pretty far in the past three months since we …

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Students learn how to build a kayak in the boat shop

Building Kayaks for Adventure with Two Roads Academy

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director This past November, the Museum’s Champlain Longboats program embarked on an exciting new initiative with Two Roads Academy, a privately operated alternative education program based in Williston that works with public school students, to create a once-in-a-lifetime kayak experience for students. Students and staff from Two Roads Academy  come …

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Repair work in progress on Osprey

What is old is new again: Repair work for Osprey

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director In addition to our ongoing student boat building work in the boat shop, our students, staff, and volunteers have been busy repairing other boats in the Champlain Longboats fleet this winter.  This week, volunteers John Woodbury and Wendy Lynch are replacing the two top planks and gunwales on the …

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Boat building students on a field trip

Boat Building Updates: A Forest Visit and Planking

By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director On the morning of Friday, February 14, with temperatures topping out at 4 degrees on one of the coldest days of the winter to date, fifteen intrepid student boat builders from Middlebury High School and Vergennes middle and high schools along with school and museum staff traveled to Ron …

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Phoenix: Jahaziel’s Second Steamboat

By the Collections team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Preface: This is the fifth 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 on Jahaziel …

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New Year, New Boat: 2020 Student Boat Building Kicks Off

By Meg Salocks, Director of Marketing and Engagement Today marks the first day of an exciting annual project here at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: the first day of boat building! This year our boat builders hail from two local schools: Vergennes Union High and Middlebury Union High. Our flagship youth boat building program, Champlain Longboats …

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Jahaziel’s First Steamboat: Ticonderoga

By the Collections team at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Preface: This is the fourth 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 on Jahaziel …

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