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|Lake Champlain Books
There are a surprising number of books published regarding Lake Champlain. Listed below are a few I find myself taking off the shelf more than others. The discovery in 1997 of a well preserved shipwreck, believed to be a sister ship to the American gunboat Philadelphia rekindled interest by the public in the history of the lake. The Philadelphia was raised in 1935 and is on display in the Smithsonian. Lake Champlain was the location of the pivotal Battle of Valcour during the War for Independence and also the Battle of Plattsburg Bay during the War of 1812.
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum located in Ferrisburgh, Vermont is a good starting point for anyone interested in the lake and it's history.
Contact information for the museum is listed on the Events page.
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WHEN HORSES WALKED ON WATER
|When Horses Walked on Water: Horse-Powered Ferries in Nineteenth-Century
Kevin James Crisman , Arthur B. Cohn
Format: Hardcover, 368pp.
Smithsonian Institution Press
Pub. Date: May 1998
Ed: Availability probably used only
Just offshore the city of Burlington Vermont lies the remains of a horse-powered ferry. The two horses would power a turntable which translated power to the paddlewheels. The remains of this vessel is part of the State of Vermont's Underwater Preserve system.
From the Publisher: Kevin J. Crisman and Arthur B. Cohn show how a confluence of geographic, technological, economic, and social conditions in the United States and Canada turned an ancient idea into a practical alternative to more expensive and dangerous steamboats. Reviewing evidence from travelers' memoirs, regional histories, pictorial records, and the only horseboat ever studied by archaeologists - a wreck on the floor of Lake Champlain's Burlington Bay, in Vermont - the authors trace the evolution of horseboats from early mechanisms that forced the animals to walk in tight circles to "endless floor" treadmills that resembled modern exercise machines. In a lively narrative interspersed with quotes from passenger accounts, the book charts the rise and demise of horseboat businesses on the Hudson River, as well as in New York City, St. Louis, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The authors also describe and record the underwater excavation of the Lake Champlain wreck, revealing a wealth of detail about the construction and operation of a typical treadwheel horseboat of the 1830s and 1840s.
The Gunboat Philadelphia and the Defense of Lake Champlain in 1776 (Expanded and Reprint)
|Gunboat Philadelphia and the Defense of Lake Champlain in 1776
Philip K. Lundeberg , Arthur B. Cohn
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Pub. Date: December 1995
Ed: Published 2 years before the discovery in Lake Champlain of one of it's "sister ships"
Key to Liberty
|Lake Champlain: Key to Liberty
Ralph Nading Hill , Arthur B. Cohn
Paperback, 20th ed., 320pp.
Pub. Date: August 1995
|History of Lake Champlain from Its First Exploration by the French in 1609 to
the Close of the Year 1814
Peter Sailly Palmer
Library Binding, 276pp.
Pub: Higginson Book Company
Pub. Date: May 1997
ISBN : 0832860840
Ed: Palmer (1814-1890) is perhaps the most re-read book in my library of the lake and offers what I think is a good perspective from Palmers' research in the 1800's.)
Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain
|Sails and Steam in the Mountains:
A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain
Russell P. Bellico
Paperback, 4th ed., 400pp.
Purple Mountain Press
Pub. Date: October 1992
Ed: This book is my second choice for most re-read when I want to research the lakes history.
Chronicles of Lake George: Journeys in War and Peace
|Chronicles of Lake George:
Journeys in War and Peace
Russell P. Bellico
Pub: Purple Mountain Press
Pub. Date: July 1995
ISBN : 0935796630
Cruising Guide to Lake Champlain: The Waterway from New York City to Montreal
|Cruising Guide to the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, & the St. Lawrence River :
The Waterway from New York City to Montreal & Quebec City
By Alan and Susan McKibben
Sept 30 2006 Edition
Lake Champlain Publishing
272 pages, 0ver 400 photographs
8-1/2" x 11" spiral bound softcover
Cruising Guide To New York Waterways And Lake Champlain (Cruising Guide to New York Waterways & Lake Champlain)
|Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain
Chris W. III Brown . Claiborne S. Young
Pelican Publishing Co
Pub. Date: November 1998
ISBN : 1565542509
The Gondola Philadelphia and the Battle of Lake Champlain (S. N. Arch)
|The Gondola Philadelphia and the Battle of Lake Champlain
John R. Bratten
Pub: Texas A&M University Press
Pub. Date: May 2002
From the Publisher: "A veteran of the American Revolutionary War, the Continental gondola Philadelphia is the oldest intact warship currently on display in North America. After its recovery from the bottom of Lake Champlain in 1935, the fifty-four foot long Philadelphia, armed with three cannon and eight swivel guns, was moved to the newly constructed building housing what is now the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution."
In this work, archaeologist John Bratten details the gunboat's history, construction, armament, tools, utensils, personal items, and rigging elements. He takes advantage of contemporary records to describe the Philadelphia's artifacts and presents for the first time an analysis of photographs taken during the 1935 recovery of the boat. Finally, he assesses the replica Philadelphia II, built at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum during 1989-91 in order to provide an opportunity to evaluate how the gondola was constructed, manned, sailed, and propelled by sweeps.
Ok, I confess ... the following books are not Lake Champlain specific, but Chapman Piloting is a standard and the 12 Volt Bible is a worthy addition for helping fix those annoying electrical problems .
The 12-Volt Bible for Boats
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 66th Edition
(Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling)
The 12-Volt Bible for Boats
Miner K. Brotherton / Charlie Wing / Michael Blaser (Illustrator)
Format: Paperback - Second Edition 208pp
Pub. Date: November 2002
|Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling
Elbert S. Maloney
Hardcover - REV, 66th ed., 927pp
Pub. Date: September 1, 2009
The History of American Deep Submersible Operations
|History of American Deep Submersible Operations
Pub: Best Publishing Company
Pub. Date: November 2000
Synopsis: Manned submersibles continue to be extremely important for exploring the ocean depths. Finally, the history of deep submersible development has been recorded. The author has covered these developments in great detail, not simply as a segment of marine history, but as a foundation for future designers, operators and client/users.
The chapters are listed in approximate order of dates of launch. By faithfully representing the operational chronologies, trends emerge in the life of each submersible from initial trials through the ultimate fulfillment of its potential. From the 1776 Turtle the submersibles included are, Deep Jeep, Alvin, Aluminaut, The Deepstars, The Star Series & Asherah, The Perry Submersibles, Deep Quest, DOWB Deep Ocean Work Boat, Triest 2, The Nektons & Delta, Dolphin, Beaver MK4, Ben Franklin, Sea Cliff, Turtle (1968), NR-1, Kumukahi, DSRV-1 Mystic, Nemo, Johnson-Sea-Links & Clelia, DSRV-2 Avalon, Deep View and more!
Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas: A History Based on Underwater Archaeology
|Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas: A History Based on Underwater Archaeology
George F. Bass (Editor)
Textbook Paperback, 1st ed., 272pp.
Pub: Thames & Hudson
Pub. Date: November 1996
From The Publisher : Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas brings together for the first time the remarkable work of leading nautical archaeologists, each with firs-hand diving experience. Twelve chapters tell the story of watercraft in the Americas, from the first native dugouts and balsa rafts to the sinking of the Titanic and the loss of the Battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
|The NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science and Technology|
James T. Joiner (Editor)
Hardcover, 4th ed., 668pp.
Pub: Best Publishing Company
Pub. Date: January 2001
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