SeaPerch ROV Lake Adventure Camps, 2016

Lake-Adventure-Camps-500-200-1Two weeks of SeaPerch camps are done! Thank you campers! We had a great time, and wanted to share the videos taken by camper’s ROVs. Enjoy!

SeaPerch kits can carry a GoPro video camera and they bring back some fun footage from under the waves of Lake Champlain.  Check out even MORE photos over on our Facebook Page.

Week One Dive Footage


Week Two Dive Photos: During the Week Two dive we set the GoPro to photo burst mode to capture anything the ROV saw.



ROV “Dave” got stuck on the bottom of the lake and Operation Save Dave was formed to recover him.

SeaPerch Building with Mt Abe Middle/High School

During the Spring of 2016 a group of Middle and High School students at Mt. Abraham in Bristol, VT, build and flew SeaPerch ROV Kits. They learned how to fly Eva, LCMM’s LBV150 ROV, explored a shipwreck on the bottom of Lake Champlain, built and pool tested their own ROV’s,and finally tested them in the Lake!

Learn How 26 pieces of lead changed the American Revolution

Learn How 26 pieces of lead changed the American Revolution

(Hint: they weren’t musket balls)

 DSC_2640Learn how 26 pieces of lead printing type changed the course of the American Revolution during an informative and entertaining discussion of colonial printers, their secrets, and their penchant for stirring up trouble for the Crown. At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Rabble in Arms Weekend August 6-7, master letterpress printer Ronald Kermani will show how colonial printers set type, printed pamphlets by hand one at a time, and distributed these

thought-provoking anti-British missives throughout the colonies. “During the Revolution, the printing press was as powerful as the largest army in defeating the British,” Kermani asserts.

 During the program, Kermani will handset lead printing type and print Revolutionary War-style items on the museum’s vintage hand press.  Attend his session and you may receive a personalized printed souvenir of the Rabble in Arms weekend! Along the way, you can learn about the history of printing, the invention of moveable metal type and printing presses in Europe, and the introduction of the printing craft to the Colonies. Kermani became immersed in typography and printing while studying at Syracuse University. Along the way, he has taught graphic arts and letterpress printing, founded the award-winning Kermani Press, and amassed a sizeable collection of antique wood and metal foundry types which he donated to the Albany Institute of History and Art.

 KLJ_1117While the centerpiece of this event is LCMM’s replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia, the Rabble in Arms weekend also provides a chance to see other eighteenth century skills in action, including encampment food preparation and open fire cooking presented by reenactors with years of experience in colonial cookery. Kids will have the chance to join the Colonial Army and learn musket drills (with wooden muskets of course), and much more! On-water battle demonstration at 1 pm each day brings to life the confrontation between rebelling colonists and British forces on Lake Champlain. Camp is open 10-5 Saturday and 10-4 Sunday.

 KLJ_1067Want to learn more about Nautical Archaeology? A selection of maps, documents, and photographs from the collection of Lake Champlain historian Peter Barranco provides glimpses into the Battle of Valcour Island, the War of 1812, Lake Champlain’s steamboats, and the ten-year sonar survey of Lake Champlain’s 300+ shipwrecks.

 KLJ_1057Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is open daily through October 9. Check online for Special admission package of Museum/Lunch/Cruise, and for more information about Courses and Workshops and “60 Minute Experiences” in glass blowing, blacksmithing, and metal work. Find out more about LCMM at, on Facebook, or call (802) 475-2022.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Lake Champlain Maritime Festival







Friday July 28, Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30

Schooner Lois McClure, at Perkins Pier. Boarding hours 10am-4pm.

Step aboard Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s replica 1862 canal schooner, based on two historic shipwrecks in Burlington Bay. Explore the deck, cabin, and cargo hold, and view exhibit on the history of Burlington.


Saturday July 30

Champlain Longboats Rowing Opportunities, at Perkins Pier 10am-3pm

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s colorful 32’ rowing boats are built by students in the Museum Boat Shop, and used for After School Youth Rowing, Adult Community Rowing, and regional competitions. Learn the basics and go for a row! (Weather permitting)


Sunday Morning July 31

Log Rolling, at Burlington Boathouse 10am – 12:30 and 1-3pm

Danielle Rougeau, coach of the Middlebury College Log Rolling Club, demonstrates the traditional skill of maneuvering floating 12’ wooden and synthetic logs. Bring your bathing suit and try it for yourself! (Weather permitting)

Champlain Longboats Rowing Opportunities, at Perkins Pier 10am-2pm

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s colorful 32’ rowing boats are built by students in the Museum Boat Shop, and used for After School Youth Rowing, Adult Community Rowing, and regional competitions. Learn the basics and go for a row! (Weather permitting)

Lake Champlain Sailing Center’s Water Works Fair

Waterfront Park, adjacent to ECHO, 10am-2pm

Visit Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s shoreside activity at the Water Works Fair. Complete five activities to earn a voucher for a ride in the Champlain Longboats at Perkins Pier. (Weather permitting)

Do You Want to See a Shipwreck?

We sometimes ask our visitors to guess how many shipwrecks lie at the bottom of beautiful Lake Champlain. The answers vary – 10? 20? 100? Believe it or not, all those guesses are lower than the actual number! There are actually over three hundred shipwrecks at the bottom of this historic lake. Lake Champlain has been an important strategic waterway for hundreds of years, from its tactical significance during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 to its use as a key thoroughfare for industry ships and luxury steamliners during the 19th century. With so many ships traversing the lake, it’s no small wonder some of them ended up on the bottom – and the dark, cold waters preserve the wrecks remarkably well.

At the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, part of our mission involves cataloguing these fascinating these archaeological resources. Now you can explore them too – without getting wet!

Take a one-hour tour with us to see a historic shipwreck via ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), which streams video in real time as we share the vessel’s incredible story. This all-ages experience is sure to captivate your whole family!

For more information or to book your place, visit our Shipwreck Tours page. Happy exploring!

Video Production Lake Adventure Camp 2016


Video Production Lake Adventure Camp 2016 has come and gone, but we have the films to remember the week! Here is one of the videos our campers shot and produced of a rowing adventure on Lake Champlain.

Campers shot and edited videos while rowing, learning to blacksmith, hiking, and even snorkeling! They leaned to shoot with GoPro cameras to tell the story of their adventures on, in, and around Lake Champlain and how to edit their footage using Adobe Premiere.


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Get Out on the Water at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Annual Challenge Race!

Get Out on the Water at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Annual Challenge Race
Calling all paddlers, rowers, and on-water adventurers! The annual Lake Champlain Challenge Race is coming up on Sunday July 10, 2016 at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont. The Challenge Race follows a three mile triangular course which includes some of most beautiful scenery on Lake Champlain.  The registration fee of $25.00 per person includes museum admission for two. Registration starts at 9:30 and the race begins at 11:00 and is open to all types of human-powered boats: singles, doubles, kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats, 6 oar or 20 oar! Minors can participate with parental permission. Bring your own boat, or sign up to reserve one of ours — a few canoes and kayaks will be available on a first-come basis. All boaters must provide their own PFDs. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Community Rowing Club will provide a free buffet lunch on the Museum grounds for all participants after the race.
In recent years, the Sunday Challenge Race has become a destination for rowers coming from across New England and Canada to camp at nearby campgrounds for three days.  They assemble at the museum on Saturday for informal racing and social gatherings before retiring to their campsites and hotels for the night.  “A large contingent of enthusiastic rowers are coming from Picton, Ontario for their third annual voyage and competition against the Americans, bringing with them numerous supporters,” says Lisa Percival, who coordinates LCMM’s Community Rowing Club. “We are expecting teams from New Haven, CT, and Plymouth, Hull, and Gloucester MA. There will be teams from our local adult community rowing club, current students and alumni from our high school rowing program, and of course lots of people who just love to kayak or canoe.” 
Among the Challenge Race participants this year is a team of eight women and four men that will travel to Northern Ireland in late July for the St. Ayles’ Skiff World Championships at Strangford Lough, County Down. The New England team will include four rowers each from LCMM, Hull Lifesaving Museum, and Gloucester Gig Rowers. LCMM men will also team up with a club from near Kingston, Ontario for certain races. The event in Ireland will field crews from about 50 clubs representing at least 8 countries. LCMM constructed two St. Ayles Skiffs in 2011, and sent a team to the first “SkiffieWorlds” event in Ullapool, Scotland, in 2013. 
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Community Rowing Club and Rowing For Racing meet weekly at the Museum’s Ferrisburgh campus. For information contact Lisa Percival, . The Museum is open daily from 10-5 through October 9. Additional rowing and racing events take place in the autumn and early spring. Find out more about LCMM at , on Facebook, or call (802) 475-2022.