Skill-Builds Galore

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Since January, about two dozen adventurous students from three local high schools – Vergennes, Middlebury, and Mt. Abraham – have set aside time in their schedules to come out to the Maritime Museum where they navigated through the snow and into our shops to take part in several different Skill-Build and boat-building projects. “Skill-Builds” are intensive, apprenticeship-style courses that the …

2017 Legacy Tour: Waterways & Trees: Stewarding Their Interconnected Relationship

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The schooner Lois McClure’s 2017 voyage celebrated the huge undertaking that began on July 4, 1817 in Rome, NY, when ground was broken for the construction of the Erie Canal. Although it was sarcastically referred to as “Clinton’s Big Ditch” by skeptics in the early years of the project, the canal became an engineering marvel of its day. By its opening in …

Ship’s Log: Schooner Lois McClure, Seneca Falls & Clyde, NY

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Alexandra (Sandra) Murphy Mist rises from the Seneca River as the canal schooner Lois McClure pushes away from the dock at Seneca Falls, NY. Ship’s captain and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum co-director Erick Tichonuk turns her north toward Lock 3 of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, just around the bend. Tied alongside, the tugboat C.L. Churchill nudges the Lois McClure on her way, captained by the museum’s co-founder, …

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Historic Abenaki Clothing and Accessories on View at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Through October 13, 2016

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  The special exhibit “Wearing Our Heritage” offers rare opportunity to see clothing worn by Abenaki men and women of earlier generations. Abenaki scholar and activist Frederick M. Wiseman has gathered original garments and accessories to assemble representative outfits like those worn by Abenaki men and women before 1850 as well as outfits for a man and a woman during …

Orwell Glass at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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Each July something very exciting happens at LCMM – the glassblowers arrive! From the beginning of July to the end of August, the fine folks at Orwell Glass set up shop on our campus in order to teach glassblowing to our visitors. For a small fee, anyone can learn to make ornaments & suncatchers that they can keep themselves! More …

Schooner “Lois McClure” Travels for Restoration this Fall

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Burlington, VT – On Monday, August 24, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s schooner Lois McClure leaves her home port on a very important mission – getting ship-shape in anticipation of her twelfth year of operation. Her destination is the New York State Canal Corporation shipyard at Waterford, New York, where a team of shipwrights working with David Short of North Atlantic …