Jahaziel Sherman, Vergennes Resident and Steamboat Captain, Makes Digital Appearance

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By Patricia Reid, Collections Manager At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, we are charged with interpreting the history and heritage of the Champlain Valley to ensure a better future for our lake and our community. Our Collections Department manages several thousand objects under Museum custody and works with the Exhibits team and other Museum staff to bring those objects to the …

Image of two of Jahaziel's steamboats

Captain Jahaziel Sherman, Steamboat Pioneer, Visits Vergennes

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When: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3-5pm Where: Vergennes Opera House – 120 Main St, Vergennes, VT Light refreshments. Free and open to the public. Speaker: at 4pm, Kevin Crisman, Ph. D., Director of the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A & M University, will share stories of Jahaziel’s adventurous life and recent archaeological discoveries of Sherman’s early …

The best laid plans…

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by Art Cohn We’ve had a lot of rain lately and so our trip through the southern end of the Champlain Canal was faster than we had calculated, with the current from the Hudson River adding about 2-knots to our speed. As we rounded the wall at the junction of the Champlain and Erie canals, which was also the junction …

The Lachine Canal: Montreal’s Answer to the Rapids

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by Art Cohn Montreal is an island and historically the point at which travelers moving up the St. Lawrence River had to circumnavigate the rapids, which barred their passage west. This dynamic place in the river made Montreal the city it is today. However, by the early 19th century the city’s location and its requirement to transship goods also became …

Rouses Point

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by Isaac Parker The sounds of church bells from the nearby St. Patrick’s Church announced the arrival of the Lois McClure to Rouses Point. After a long day battling the waves and wind of northern Lake Champlain, the Lois had finally arrived outside Gaines Marina. At first, we tried to thread the Lois along with the Churchill through the immense …

St Albans

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by Art Cohn Returning to St. Albans Bay is always like returning home. I lived in Fairfield, just east of St. Albans, for 25-years and still own land on French Hill in St. Albans town. I began my career as a diving instructor at Hathaway Point teaching classes at Camp Kill Kare, a Vermont State park. It was at that …

Fort Edward

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by Art Cohn September 23, 2011 We left Mechanicville and headed north to Fort Edward now confident in our ability to combine the Urger and Lois school programs. Fort Edward is one of those important junction points where the cliché about “location, location, location” is well illustrated. Its position on the upper Hudson River and to waterways leading to Lake’s …

Life Aboard a Tugboat

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by Erick Tichonuk Followers of our Ships’ Logs know one amazing benefit of traveling these waterways are the incredible people we meet.  When traversing the New York State Canal System we’re in constant contact with the folks from Canal Corporation.  They’ve made our sometimes arduous travels more enjoyable in countless ways.  We’ve come to know many of them well, from …

Mechanicville

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by Art Cohn September 18, 2011 The first stop of our revised “Farm, Forest and Fishery Tour” was Mechanicville, a beautiful waterfront community on the Hudson River-Champlain Canal. Like many other communities along the canal corridor, the towpath canal used to go right through the center of the town just uphill from the river on what is now Central Avenue. …