Reconstruction of the Lake Champlain Steamboat Phoenix II

Author(s): Carolyn Kennedy

Year: 2018


The hull of the Lake Champlain steamboat Phoenix II, built in 1820 and retired in Shelburne Shipyard in 1837, was archaeologically investigated over the course of three field seasons by a team of nautical archaeologists from Texas A&M University and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. A reconstruction of Phoenix II from the archaeological material promises to fill several significant gaps in our understanding of the development and diversification of steam technology. To date, only one other early nineteenth-century Lake Champlain steamboat, Phoenix I (1815), has undergone systematic study. Following in the wake of its predecessor, Phoenix II’s hull remains demonstrate what changes were beginning to catch on in the early development of steamboat construction. On a wider scale, Phoenix II will also help explain how early shipwrights were adapting their vessels to different bodies of water.

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Reconstruction of the Lake Champlain Steamboat Phoenix II. Carolyn Kennedy. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441538)

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Spatial Coverage

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 498