Exploring Lake Champlain Shipwrecks
August 12, 2009
A perfect day on Lake Champlain. I took this before heading out for a shipwreck tour with Rachael Miller of Lake Champlain Shipwrecks. You may have seen headlines this week about shipwrecks being found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. People are always surprised when I tell them that Lake Champlain has more than 300 shipwrecks dating back to the 1700s, including military, commercial and private vessels. It’s definitely one of the most interesting facts about Vermont.
Some of these historic ships, which are designated as state historic underwater preserves, used to be accessible only to certified scuba divers. But now, non-divers and those who want to stay dry can also see the wrecks. Lake Champlain Shipwrecks uses a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with a camera that sends images back to a monitor.
Rachael is a fantastic guide and gives guests a detailed, intimate account of how these ships went down. Storytelling at its finest.