Shelburne Shipyard and the Ticonderoga
June 28, 2010
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).
**If you go: Steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum
Steve BorichevskyPosted at 22:01h, 28 June
Oh, that crazy Electra Webb! The last time I was in Shelburn, they had the pilot house off and were restoring it. As a kid, I was fascinated with the walking beam engine.
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 02:07h, 29 June
Electra was something else! I’m heading over to the museum for an Ansel Adams exhibit this week. Can’t wait!
matthew houskeeperPosted at 14:16h, 10 July
The UVM photo is amazing. Transfering a large ship so far over land.
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 02:06h, 12 July
Hi Matt — I know, the UVM shots are great. There are a bunch on the link above. You really can’t appreciate what it must have been like to move the Ticonderoga until you see those photos!