Over the weekend I stopped by Shelburne Shipyard, a marina on Lake Champlain. Founded in 1820, Shelburne Shipyard built a series of steamboats in the 19th and early 20th centuries that provided vital marine transportation in the Champlain Valley.

Twelve side-wheel steamboats were built at the shipyard, the last being the 220-foot Ticonderoga in 1906. The steamboat operated as a day boat on Lake Champlain and served ports in Vermont and New York until 1953.

Two years later, the Ticonderoga was pulled from the lake and moved two miles overland to Shelburne Museum, where it stands today as a National Historic Landmark.

Moving the Ticonderoga to Shelburne Museum (courtesy of UVM).
The Ticonderoga today (courtesy of Shelburne Museum).

**If you go: Steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum
Photographs by Louis L. McAllister of the Ticonderoga’s move
Shelburne Shipyard


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