Blog | Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Youth and Adult Rowing Teams from LCMM Travel to Win at MA Event

Posted by Lisa Percival on Mar 25, 2015 4:42:00 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information contact: Nick Patch, Outdoor Education Director
nickp@lcmm.org 802 475-2022 ext. 120
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Burlington High School's rowing team competes in Hull, MA for the annual "Snow Row". (Click image for high-resolution download.)

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Rowing Teams Ready for “Snow Row” - and for Spring!

Posted by Lisa Percival on Mar 19, 2015 10:38:12 AM

Longboats at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum are ready to be trailered to Hull, MA for the annual Snow Row at the Hull LIfesaving Museum.

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Topics: Champlain Longboats, Rowing, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Adventure Camps Debut at Burlington and Vergennes

Posted by Erick Tichonuk on Feb 17, 2015 12:24:33 PM

Adventure Camps Debut at Burlington and Vergennes with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For information contact:
Erick Tichonuk, Program Director
erickt@lcmm.org 802 475-2022 ext. 120
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Thirty Years of Experience – New Adventures!

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) announces the launch an exciting new series of adventure education programs on the Burlington waterfront, in partnership with Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. These week-long day camps, offered in June, July and August, will provide students ages 4 to 16 years old with unique summer adventures that combine regional history, traditional maritime skills, native and colonial life, nautical research, lake ecology, music, and shipwreck discovery. “LCMM’s Lake Adventure Camps will engage students with the Museum’s fleet of replica vessels, ecological and nautical archaeology expertise,” said Executive Director Mike Smiles. “These on-water and underwater discovery experiences go deeper than amusement, they are designed to inspire a new generation of adventure historians, scientists, and stewards of Lake Champlain.” Registration is now open, online at www.lcmm.org. LCMM looks forward to sharing their enthusiasm and excitement for Lake Champlain learning adventures!

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Notes from a Rower - Icebreaker Race

Posted by Eva Kammen on Jan 7, 2015 10:20:14 AM

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

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

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