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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Names New Executive Director

Posted by Eloise Beil on Dec 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Growing to Serve More Audiences, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Names New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is pleased to announce the appointment of J. Michael “Mike” Smiles as our new Executive Director. Mike assumes the role from Erick Tichonuk, who is stepping down from the position. He begins the leadership role on January 5, 2015.

"Mike brings a breadth of experience that will broaden the Museum’s impact in reaching and serving diverse audiences through our collection of historic replica vessels, innovative education programs, hands-on rowing programs, publications, research, and permanent and traveling exhibits," said Board Chair Bob Beach. "We’re delighted to have him join our team of highly dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and engaged members and donors as we begin our 30th year of operation."


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Topics: LCMM, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Rowing without a Rudder

Posted by Elaine Beaudin on Nov 17, 2014 2:27:45 PM

Rudderless Rowers Triumph

The competition knows we are in the lead and they are worried. Our backs to the buoy we row long and hard. Bill, our coxswain, looks behind at the other rowers hot on our heels. I know that look, the look that means we're coming to the corner.

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing

Bottom's Up!: Aquatic Teacher Training on Lake Champlain:

Posted by Matt Witten on Nov 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It’s a great feeling when people whom you invite on an adventure say, “Sure!” and jump in the boat with you. This has been the case with LCMM's latest on-water workshop for educators, a program we're calling Bottom's Up! 

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Topics: Education, ecology

Lake Champlain Rowing Boat to Join US Navy Fleet

Posted by Nick Patch on Nov 3, 2014 4:30:00 PM

Last month, a boat built by Lake Champlain high school students was the latest vessel to join the U.S. Navy fleet.

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing

Youth Rowing Races at Button Bay - Lake Champlain

Posted by Nick Patch on Oct 23, 2014 9:46:24 AM

James Wakefield Rescue Row

On Saturday October 11, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program held its fall youth rowing race, the James Wakefield Rescue Row at Button Bay State Park. The race is named after James Wakefield who rowed out to the Burlington Breakwater through a fierce winter gale in December 1876 to rescue the passengers and crew of the shipwrecked canal schooner General Butler.

Over 120 youth participated, rowing 25- and 32-foot rowing boats in a series of heats. Crews hailed from local schools, including Burlington High School, South Burlington High School, Vergennes Middle and High School, Champlain Valley Union High School and Mt. Abe Middle and High School and the Diversified Occupations Program from Middlebury, as well as from Northhaven, Vinalhaven, and Rockland Maine. All of the boats used in the event were built at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum by Vermont High School and Middle School students.

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing

2014 Captain's Log, Part 5

Posted by Roger Taylor on Oct 13, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Once we had the C. L. Churchill’s Tug-of-the-Year gold cup on board, she was ready to tow the Lois McClure from Waterford, where the 2014 Tugboat Roundup was winding down, up the canalized Hudson River. We left at about 4:30 on September 7th in the midst of the closing ceremony, but we had explained that we wanted to get up to Mechanicville before dark, and tugboat people know all about operating schedules.

Art Cohn posing with the Tugboat of the Year trophy on the C.L. Churchill (photo: Tom Larsen)

A canalized river has dams to create navigable pools and locks to get up over the dams. When I had asked John Callaghan of the Canal Corps about locking upstream late in the day, he said, “No problem. The locks won’t close down for the night until right after you go through them.” That’s the sort of help we get from the New York State Canal Corporation. As it turned out, we weren’t bucking much current in the river, so the keeper of the second of the two locks we went through had to stay late only a half hour. And we moored to the long wall at Mechanicville a half hour before sundown.

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Lake Champlain: New Publication of Historic Images

Posted by Sarah L. Tichonuk on Oct 8, 2014 2:01:00 PM

Announcing New Publication of Lake Champlain History

Maritime Museum shares history using striking images

The newest pictorial history book by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, from Arcadia Publishing, titled Lake Champlain was released on October 6, 2014. Boasting nearly 200 images depicting scenes of days gone by, the book explores the history of this unique region.

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2014 Captain’s Log, Part 4

Posted by Roger Taylor on Sep 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When the canal schooner Lois McClure, towed by the C. L. Churchill, assisted by the inflatable boat Oocher, did head back out of North Cove into the maelstrom of New York City’s busy harbor on August 26th, she waited until 10:00 o’clock, in order to avoid the intensity of rush hour. The water was still rough with water-taxi wakes, but the seas, running in all directions, were not as high and frequent as they had been on our run down to the Cove from Pier 25. We did notice, however, that a small leak developed halfway down the schooner’s starboard side just above the chine, and about a foot underwater, probably due to the unusual motion to which the vessel had been subjected.

With a strong flood tide in the Hudson River, we made short miles of it back up to Yonkers and were moored to the big-steel-float-with-the-ready-bow-and-stern-lines by early afternoon. Volunteer Don Dewees, who has been involved with the Lois McClure project from its inception, “paid off,” and volunteers Jeff Gorss, our enthusiastic rigger, and Rosemary Zamore joined ship. Kathleen Carney, who keeps the crew fed, had jumped ship in New York, seeking inspiration in the desert (of New Mexico), and Rosemary had gallantly agreed to assume Kathleen’s role.

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

Freeze the Balls off a Brass Monkey (& Other Supposedly Nautical Sayings)

Posted by Sarah L. Tichonuk on Sep 14, 2014 2:03:51 PM

It's Cold Enough to Freeze the Balls off a Brass Monkey!

Perhaps you've heard that phrase and thought, "brrrrrr, that sounds cold." 

Or perhaps, if you're like me, you wondered what in heck is a brass monkey?  And why would its anatomy be going anywhere?! 

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Video blog: Whitehall

Posted by Arthur B. Cohn on Sep 11, 2014 4:02:21 PM

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Topics: Schooner Lois McClure

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