Horse Powered Ferry Boat

by Shipwreck World


Year Built

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Year Sank

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Depth

40 ft (12.2 m)

Difficulty Level

Novice-Intermediate


Horse Powered Ferry Boat

Wreck Location

Wreck is bouyed.  Northwest from the north end of the Burlington breakwater.

~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   44° 29' 7.1988" N      Longitude:   -73° 14' 34.8" W

Description

This early 1800's Horse Powered Ferry boat is the only one that has ever been discovered. The vessel is basic in its design and construction and has a length of 63 feet and a beam of 18 feet.  Two horse swalked on a large wheel that spanned the width of the ferry boat and pushed against cogs in the wheel to make it turn. Through a gearing system this drove the paddlewheels.  The Horse Powered Ferry boat was only used for short crossing of the lake for a mile of two.  It is believed that this boat broke loose and was carried north and ended up in Burlington Bay in Vermont waters.

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