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Beach Books

Books can get to be an expensive habit after awhile.

PaperBackSwap - Swap your used paperback books with other club members

If you're a rabid reader, take a look at a paperback swap program perfect for taking along while traveling or kicking back at the beach or afloat.

A way to get affordable paperbacks is by joining a program like PaperbackSwap which I have been using since 2006.

Their program : You list at least 9 books and commit to send them to anyone in the program who requests a book.
You pay USPS Media Mail shipping ($2.41 for 1 lb. I figure 12 oz per book on average, depending on weight, sometimes 1st Class is cheaper than media mail.

For listing 10 books you get 2 credits, 1 credit will get you one book
For every book you send to a member you get one credit once they acknowledge receipt

You also get 1 credit for each referral that results in a membership
I have been happy with the service so far.
    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.


You can order a book via links listed below



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
ISBN: 1560988436

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
Special Handling
Paperback, 102pp.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Pub. Date: December 1995
ISBN: 096418561X

Ed: Published 2 years before the discovery in Lake Champlain of one of it's "sister ships"
This book is sometimes difficult to find and may be only available in the used market


Ralph Nading Hill
Lake Champlain:
Key to Liberty
Lake Champlain: Key to Liberty
Ralph Nading Hill , Arthur B. Cohn
Paperback, 20th ed., 320pp.
Countryman Press
Pub. Date: August 1995
ISBN: 0881503541
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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.)


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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
ISBN: 1930098170
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
Chronicles of Lake George: Journeys in War and Peace
Chronicles of Lake George:
Journeys in War and Peace

Russell P. Bellico
Paperback, 416pp.
Pub: Purple Mountain Press
Pub. Date: July 1995
ISBN : 0935796630

Cruising Guide to the Hudson River, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River
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
ISBN:
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  Cruising Guide to New York Waterways and Lake Champlain
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
Paperback, 464pp.
Pelican Publishing Co
Pub. Date: November 1998
ISBN : 1565542509

The Gondola Philadelphia and the Battle of Lake Champlain
The Gondola Philadelphia and the Battle of Lake Champlain (S. N. Arch)
The Gondola Philadelphia and the Battle of Lake Champlain
John R. Bratten
Hardcover, 256pp.
Pub: Texas A&M University Press
Pub. Date: May 2002
ISBN: 1585441473

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 .

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The 12-Volt Bible for Boats
Chapman Piloting and Seamanship
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
McGraw-Hill Companies
Pub. Date: November 2002
Chapman Piloting, Seamanship and Small Boat Handling
Elbert S. Maloney
Hardcover - REV, 66th ed., 927pp
Hearst Books
Pub. Date: September 1, 2009

History of American Deep Submersible Operations
The History of American Deep Submersible Operations
History of American Deep Submersible Operations
W. Foreman
Paperback, 320pp.
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
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
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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