Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Rows with the Burlington City & Lake Semester

On Wednesday May 8th the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats program, collaborated with the Burlington City & Lake Semester Program for an amazing day of rowing on the Burlington. The Burlington City & Lake Semester is an immersive program for high school students that uses the city of Burlington as their classroom.

“The Spirit of Otter Creek” , our first pilot gig built in 1999 posing on North Beach after a spirited row with the Burlington City / Lake Semester Program

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is thrilled to have offered the students in this program the unique access and perspective that rowing in our thirty-two foot pilot gigs provides. After an overview of Burlington Harbor history and some spirited singing led by LCMMs Matt Witten, we rowed to North Beach and Lone Rock Point.  It was a gorgeous spring day to immerse ourselves in the rich maritime story that lake Champlain offers.

The Champlain Longboats program is a program that brings high school students from Addison County into the boat shop at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Students work together for 6 months to build a boat. The Champlain Longboats Program currently has a fleet of  20 rowing gigs, serving over 500 youth rowers around Vermont and greater New England.