Special Early-Bird Tour: Shipwrecks of Lake Champlain, Thursday, September 21
Explore vessels dating back to 1770s preserved in the clear cold water of Lake Champlain. Long an avenue for maritime commerce and colonial warfare, the lake found a new outlet to the south when the Champlain Canal opened in 1823. Canal boats, some equipped with masts, sails and centerboards, carried iron ore, building stone, timber, pulpwood and farm produce from Canada, Vermont, and New York’s North Country to markets in New York City and along the Hudson River. Some didn’t make the whole trip. Lake Champlain can be treacherous, and the bottom is littered with shipwrecks. Join the tour to discover them! You won’t have to get wet- underwater archeologists from Lake Champlain Maritime Museum lead the tour using an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that skims over the wrecks, sending live video to your tour boat on the surface.
You’ll spend the night at the lovely Basin Harbor Club with lakeside rooms, great food, and the chance to see a terrific sunset over the Adirondack Mountains on the opposite side of the lake.
This tour originates in Albany but we can collect you at the Port Henry, NY Amtrak station if you’re coming via Montreal. We will join the rest of the pre-conference tour along the Champlain Canal on Friday and continue as a group to the end of the combined tour at Syracuse Saturday evening.