Diver at shipwreck site.

Leave Only Bubbles, Take Only Pictures

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Even before the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in 1609, indigenous people used Lake Champlain as a trade corridor, for fishing and as a meeting place for gatherings and festivities. This region also holds deep roots that go back to the colonial wars, the first ship in the US Navy and the early foundations of our Country. The lake has been an important military asset …

Exploring the Basin Harbor Wreck

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As a recreational diver and history enthusiast, I was extremely excited to be given the opportunity to participate in this year’s LCMM field school at the Basin Harbor wreck site. Since I was a very young boy looking at pictures in National Geographic, I have always harbored a passion for history and shipwrecks. So being able to work on a …

In Search of Clues … Diving the Basin Harbor Shipwreck

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The Basin Harbor Club is a lovely facility and the hospitality is wonderful … but that is not why we are here diving.  Under the cold water of Lake Champlain, resting quietly, are the remains of a nearly 90-foot wooden ship.  Today’s dives focused on measurement of exposed sections of the wreck.  This information will be used to develop a …

It’s Field School Time: The Basin Harbor Edition!

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Welcome to the 2017 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Field School season!! These first two days have been a whirlwind of activity. We have walked all around the museum complex exploring the exhibits and learning about the long history of life on Lake Champlain and the archaeological remains. We have discussed how to build a boat and examined the creation of …

Tugboat U. S. La Vallee Shipwreck to Become Underwater Historic Preserve

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A new Underwater Historic Preserve in Lake Champlain will open for divers this summer, thanks to a 2017 Corridor of Commerce Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. “We are excited that the 1880 tugboat U. S. La Vallee will become a new preserve,” says Chris Sabick, Archaeological Director at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) and Maritime Research Institute …

Learn How 26 pieces of lead changed the American Revolution

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Learn How 26 pieces of lead changed the American Revolution (Hint: they weren’t musket balls)  Learn how 26 pieces of lead printing type changed the course of the American Revolution during an informative and entertaining discussion of colonial printers, their secrets, and their penchant for stirring up trouble for the Crown. At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Rabble in Arms Weekend …

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Receives CVNHP Grant for Nautical Archaeology Archive

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A 2016 Conservation and Community Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership heralds an important new initiative for Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, a project titled Collections & Recollections: Preserving Peter Barranco’s Legacy. Grant funds are helping LCMM initiate long-term preservation and research access to a nationally significant collection recently donated to LCMM. “The Maritime Museum is deeply grateful to …

LCMM Receives Funding to Assess Shipwreck for Inclusion in Preserve

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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant award from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) to investigate and recommend an additional shipwreck for inclusion in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. The Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve system provides public access for scuba divers to some of Lake Champlain’s remarkably preserved historic …

Shipwrecked: The Tragic Story of the Canal Schooner “Troy”

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The captain’s hat, trunk and pocketbook … have been picked up but none of the bodies have yet been found.   (North Star 1825) Canal Schooner Troy: Commerce on Lake Champlain The sailing canal boat is a unique commercial vessel type, found in few places beyond Lake Champlain. These boats were designed to sail on Lake Champlain and then fit in …

MRI in Fort Edward

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by Alex Lehning Friends of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum often tell us about their favorite part of our campus. Some visitors love to explore our numerous exhibits on maritime history while other guests enjoy checking out the work going on in the Conservation Lab, Boatshop, or the Blacksmith Arts Center. LCMM is also well-known for our working replica fleet, …