The Kids' Guide to the Vermont State-Owned Historic Sites

 

SHIPWRECKS

 

Drawing of Lake Champlain Stone Boat shipwreck.    

Lake Champlain

Not all history happens on land!

Before there were roads in Vermont, Lake Champlain was like watery web of highways. People travelled in boats and ships up and down and across Lake Champlain to go places, to buy and sell goods, and to sometimes to wage battles. Between the wars and bad weather, some of those boats sunk to the bottom of the lake. 

Vermont, with the help of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, takes care of five of these shipwrecks, including a ferry boat that was powered by horses, a steamboat, and two canal boats.

You can visit these sites four ways: 

1. Reading about them on the internet at
http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/underwater_preserve
                
2. Viewing a Lake Champlain shipwreck film on the internet at http://www.lcmm.org/shipwrecks_history/uhp/uhp.htm 
                
3. Going on a Lake Champlain Maritime Museum boat tour to see shipwrecks with a remote controlled video camera. http://www.lcmm.org/museum_info/shipwreck_tours.html
                
4. And when you are older you can study to become a certified scuba diver, and then you’ll be able to swim down to see for yourself.

For more information http://www.historicvermont.org and http://www.lcmm.org ; (802)275-2022

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