Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

THE COMMODORE EXPERIENCED Six-Oar team in the Golden Oak lines up for the start of its race at the annual James Wakefield Rescue Row in Burlington harbor on Saturday, which drew 206 rowers from nine Vermont and Maine schools. The VUHS crew was edged out by Belfast, Maine, in the race, but Commodore rowers won two races on the day. Photo by Holly Weber
BURLINGTON — Middle- and high-school rowers from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school club teams participated in a major competition in Burlington harbor this past Saturday that drew three teams from Maine as well from four schools in Chittenden County. In all, 206 youth rowers from the nine schools gathered at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront to participate in the LCMM’s annual “James Wakefield Rescue Row.” This race day is named in honor of James Wakefield, who along with his son Jack on Dec. 9, 1876, rescued the crew of the 85-foot canal schooner General Butler. According...

KJELL DAHLEN’S ODINN heads downwind during the 2019 Diamond Island this past Saturday. The 37-foot-long Odinn finished the 15 nautical-mile course in less than two hours and was the first boat to finish and won the Spinnaker A fleet. Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Over the past seven years, the Diamond Island Regatta, co-sponsored by Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina, has become a weekend-long celebration of sailing and lake-wide camaraderie unlike any other event on the Lake Champlain Championship Series schedule. Twenty-six sailboats competed in the seventh annual Diamond Island Regatta this past Saturday, Aug. 17, at Point Bay Marina. The day started with a breakfast for sailors under the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) tent, where there was a buzz of anticipation as competitors looked out at Town Farm Bay, where a...

FOUR WRECKS FROM the Shelburne Steamboat Graveyard were created using photogrammetry.
This summer, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum brings the remarkable story of Lake Champlain’s pivotal role in the Steamboat Revolution to the public through two new exhibits, “Jahaziel Sherman’s Steamboats,” and “The Archaeology of Lake Champlain Steamboats.” In the early 1800s, steam navigation transformed American culture, and revolutionized trade and transportation worldwide. Lake Champlain was central to the Steamboat Revolution. “The rediscovery of the long-lost portrait of Captain Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes, Lake Champlain’s steamboat pioneer, is the springboard for these new special...

TEAM “PULL 4 Paul” honor Paul Hoeppner on their way to their two mile row during the Rowathon for Teen Suicide prevention. Photo courtesy Nick Patch
FERRISBURGH — Community from around Vermont and New England gathered at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on Saturday, June 29, to raise money and awareness for teen suicide prevention. This first “Hope for TomorROW” rowathon was a collaboration between Project HOePpnEr and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in honor of Paul Hoeppner, a Hinesburg resident and Champlain Valley Union High School rower who took his life last fall.  Paul was a devoted member of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum rowing program for all of his high school career at CVUHS. Over 200 participants and over 100...

ART COHN, SENIOR Scholar and director emeritus of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, is leading an underwater mapping survey of New York’s Seneca Lake, an effort he believes will yield discoveries of many shipwrecks. Cohn here displays a book that chronicles some of his group’s initial findings from a 2018 trip to Seneca Lake. Independent photo/John Flowers
FERRISBURGH — Addison County researchers are leading a two-week effort to map the bottom of Seneca Lake in New York State, a project that could uncover dozens of shipwrecks and re-write the history of the lake as a 19th-century commercial waterway. The team, lead by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Senior Scholar Art Cohn, left on Monday aboard Middlebury College’s research vessel David Folger for a weeklong journey through the locks and under bridges to get to Seneca Lake. There they deployed the vessel’s multi-beam sonar scanner to reveal the underwater terrain of the 38-mile-long lake and...

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