I first came to Whitehall about 30-years ago when our dive team began studying the War of 1812 wrecks sunk in the vicinity. I fell in love with Whitehall then, its location on lake and canal, its special history and its people. This year’s visit didn’t disappoint. This was our first public stop and had a great group of interesting visitors. Particularly special for me was that I was able to visit my friend Cora, who at 106 can still transport me back to the days when she was a girl living and traveling on her father’s canal boats.
On Saturday night, our friends in Whitehall treated us to an old-fashioned pot-luck picnic and made us feel so welcomed. A new conversation was begun about the feasibility of stabilizing the wreckage of the War of 1812 schooner, Ticonderoga, built in Vergennes, Vermont and raised from the lake in 1958 and currently exhibited near the Skenesborough Museum. We’re looking forward to passing through on our way back home in October.
Art Cohn is the Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. He is a professional diver and has coordinated and participated in Lake Champlain’s archaeological projects for the past twenty years. He serves aboard Lois McClure as a tugboat operator and able-bodied crew member.