Hunting New England Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks of Vermont

vermont.gif (56280 bytes)The state of Vermont contains some 9,600 square miles of territory. It is a landlocked state with an interesting collection of shipwrecks. To view a map of Vermont, click on the thumbnail image at right.

Although Vermont has no ocean coastline, much of it's western boundary borders on Lake Champlain. This large lake (431 square miles, and 121 miles long), which lies between Vermont and New York state, has been the scene of extensive boating activity for centuries. In addition to some modern wrecks, Lake Champlain contains several wrecks of historical importance.

In order to protect some of the lake's historic shipwrecks, Vermont and New York have established the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. Annual registration and special regulations apply to all divers wishing to visit wrecks in the Preserve areas. For details on the Preserve, its wrecks and its regulations, Click Here.

Below is a partial list of the wrecks located in Lake Champlain. Clicking on a vessel name link will take you to a wreck data page, where you'll find the wreck's history, specifications and pictures. Use the Back arrow to return here.


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Shipwrecks of Vermont

Vessel Name Type Lost Location Depth
A. R. Noyes  * H  Coal Barge 1884 Lake Champlain, VT 80'
Champlain II * Ferry Boat 1875 Lake Champlain, VT 30'
General Butler  * Canal Boat 1876 Lake Champlain, VT 40'
Horse Ferry  * Horse Ferry   Lake Champlain, VT 50'
O. J. Walker  * Canal Boat 1895 Lake Champlain, VT 65'
Philadelphia  * R  Gunboat 1776 Lake Champlain, VT R
Phoenix  * Ferry 1819 Lake Champlain, VT 110'
Roosevelt II Ferry 1959 Lake Champlain, VT  
Sarah Ellen * H  Schooner 1860 Lake Champlain, VT 300'
Spitfire * H  Gunboat 1776 Lake Champlain, VT  
Stone Boat  * Canal Boat   Lake Champlain, VT 25'
U.S. La Valle * Tug 1931    
Water Witch * Scchooner 1866 Lake Champlain, VT 90'
William H. McAllister * Tug 1963 Lake Champlain, VT  

* Data page includes pictures

R - The Philadelphia was raised and is now on exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. For details on the exhibit click here.

H - These wrecks are included in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve. For details on the Preserve, its wrecks and its regulations, click here.

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