The Noble Failure: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley

I visited the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in late September 2023 and filmed this exhibit. The day was hot and humid. Mosquitoes were snacking on my blood all day. That blood must be tasty! Thus, the huffing and puffing you may hear is due to the humidity. Please check out the photos, stories and additionalContinue reading “The Noble Failure: Prohibition in the Champlain Valley”

“Is This a Real Yellow Submarine?”

“Yes! In the 1980’s, brothers Dwayne, Elmer and Steve Baker decided to build Lake Champlain’s first and only yellow submarine. Nothing quite like this had ever been built in the lake, so it took the Bskers a while to get the submarine officially registered with the Coast Guard and Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. WhenContinue reading ““Is This a Real Yellow Submarine?””

Philadelphia II Refurbishment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

“Philadelphia II In May 1989, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum began construction of a replica of the Philadelphia. To save time, LCMM boatbuilders used modern power tools in conjunction with traditional hand tools, but a period-correct blacksmith shop was built to forge the ironwork, including nearly 9,000 nails. Both natural and synthetic fibers for the riggingContinue reading “Philadelphia II Refurbishment: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum”

“Bollard Move!”

“While winches were used to move boats out of the water, this object’s purpose was to secure ropes to either a vessel or a dock.  Known as a bollard, it kept vessels safely in port during loading and unloading of passengers and cargo.”-Lake Champlain Maritime Museum “History of bollards The term “bollard” first appeared inContinue reading ““Bollard Move!””

“A Winch and a Nod” How Do Winches Work?”

“These are winches! Winches are mechanical devices used to pull in or let out rope or cables. The cable wraps around the barrel-shaped portion while the winch holds it in place. These winches, which came from a boathouse at Cold Spring Camp in Milton, VT, are sometimes used by students to learn about simple maritimeContinue reading ““A Winch and a Nod” How Do Winches Work?””

Beyond the Curve: American Abenaki COVID Experience

From Vermont Abenaki Artists Association: “Beyond the Curve: the Abenaki COVID Experience In March 2020, the world stood still as businesses and schools around the world closed in response to the global pandemic. Broadcast media, health and government officials repeated the daily mantra “Flatten the Curve.” Resources became scarce, exposing health disparities and access issuesContinue reading “Beyond the Curve: American Abenaki COVID Experience”

“Why Is This Wheel So Big?”

From the nearby sign at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: “We don’t know! While we don’t know the exact ship on which this wheel was used, it must have been a big one. Some wheels were made very large so they could be operated by more than one person in heavy weather. A ship’s wheelContinue reading ““Why Is This Wheel So Big?””

Plane Clearing the Trees! As I was walking and filming nautical items on the grounds of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, I heard the familiar sound of a small plane. I turned around and saw the small aircraft flying over the museum. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Let’s See If They Turn On! All YouTube videos go live at 12:30 am Eastern Daylight Time. I visited the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum recently. One of the buildings I filmed was The Roost, which had been part of Camp Marbury. Camp Marbury had been a summer camp for girls. I appreciate how this camp had those insanely rustic lamps!Continue reading “Let’s See If They Turn On!”

Interior Tour of the LOIS McCLURE with Jack!

From the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s website ( and is no longer available): “The Canal Schooner Lois McClure: The schooner Lois McClure is the Museum’s full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, based on two shipwrecks located in Lake Champlain. This replica project was initiated in 2001 with the goal to understand our region’sContinue reading “Interior Tour of the LOIS McCLURE with Jack!”