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 …

Positioning the boat on the marine railway

Ship’s Log: How to get Lois McClure out of the water

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By Elisa Nelson, Schooner Tour and Volunteer Coordinator On the calm morning of September 3, the crew of the Lois McClure took a short trip to Shelburne Shipyard for our Coast Guard-required haul-out and hull inspection. This meant, of course, that Lois had to come out of the water, so we had an exciting (but actually quite slow) morning maneuvering …

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A Week on the Water: Fall Rowing Has Begun!

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By Nick Patch, Champlain Longboats Director The week of September 9 was a week to remember for Lake Champlain Maritime Museum rowing programs.  On Wednesday we hosted 95 Otter Valley Union Middle School students at the museum’s North Harbor for a team-building day and on Friday we hosted Colchester Middle School in Burlington with another 90+ rowers. All of these students spent …

The Annual Moonlight Row Tradition Continues

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By Lisa Percival Recently, on Thursday, September 12, the museum had its annual moonlight row with members of our Community Rowing clubs and staff. Enjoy this account from museum staff member and Community Rowing Club leader Lisa Percival, and photos from participants Pat Jackson, Kris Jarrett, Andrew Rainville, and Mary Micklas. In total, we had a group of 29 rowers …

1813: The Shipwright’s War and Other Stories

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By Art Cohn Although we have been planning the next installment of 1812: Commemorating the War: Celebrating the Peace since before we returned from last years incredible voyage, the recent crossing from Burlington to Plattsburgh was an unexpected experience. The challenge of getting the three boats ready, creating the interpretive materials that connects the travel to the mission, coordinating logistics …

Captain’s Log, Part 8

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With the Oocher in an Albany repair shop to have her outboard motor’s carburetor overhauled, we headed north for Waterford on September 28th, again without her services. No matter. We were in tidal water, so that when we got underway from the floating dock at Rensselaer, we could just let the flood tide swing the schooner’s stern off the dock; …

Vergennes: 1812: Welcome Home

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by Art Cohn As we planned the 2012 -1812 interpretive program and refined the ambitious tour schedule designed to bring the causes of the War of 1812 and the first season’s story to communities around the region, we realized we had an opportunity to conclude the program with a “Welcome Home” event at Vergennes. Vergennes is one of our “homeport” …

Sailing, sailing

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by Tom Larsen Leaving Whitehall, we headed for Port Henry with the anticipation of re-rigging the Lois for her final few ports on the lake. The southern lake is a beautiful place to travel through, more river than lake, and we were graced with great weather to enjoy it in. Wildlife was everywhere – heron, osprey, even a few eagles! …