Lake Champlain Steamboat Archaeology: A 15-minute Primer.

Author(s): Kevin Crisman

Year: 2016


A 120-mile-long ribbon of fresh water between Vermont, New York, and Quebec, Lake Champlain has long served as a convenient pathway for trade and communication through the interior of northeastern North America. The lake was at the forefront of the 19th century’s steam navigation revolution, starting with the launching of Vermont in 1809 and ending with the retirement of Ticonderoga in the early 1950s. This paper will briefly examine historical highlights of Champlain’s steamboat era and summarize the archaeological work carried out in recent decades to discover and study the remains of paddle-powered watercraft sunk beneath the lake’s cold waters.

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Lake Champlain Steamboat Archaeology: A 15-minute Primer.. Kevin Crisman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434534)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 937