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Shelburne Shipyard and the Ticonderoga

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.

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

**If you go: Steamboat Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum
Shelburne Shipyard

Chittenden County, History, Lake Champlain, Shelburne
  • Steve Borichevsky
    Posted at 22:01h, 28 June Reply

    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 Houskeeper
    Posted at 02:07h, 29 June Reply

    Electra was something else! I’m heading over to the museum for an Ansel Adams exhibit this week. Can’t wait!

  • matthew houskeeper
    Posted at 14:16h, 10 July Reply

    The UVM photo is amazing. Transfering a large ship so far over land.

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 02:06h, 12 July Reply

    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!

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