Shipwreck Maps


Partial structure of a vessel consisting of a steel frame and winches.  more »
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The propeller Dacotach was carrying a cargo of general merchandise when she ran aground and broke up. A portion of the shipwreck lies scattered over the shallow area near shore.  more »
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Barge US 104 was carrying a cargo ot oats when in struck a rock and foundered when nearing the Black Rock Ship Canal in July of 1921.  more »
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The motor launch, Forward, was built in 1906 by Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury & Co., Consolidated (Morris Heights, New York City, New York). It was one of the first gasoline powered vessels on Lake George.  more »
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During the evening of July 15, 1875, the Champlain had just departed from Westport, N.Y. and was headed up the lake to Burlington, Vermont. The pilot apparently fell asleep at the wheel and the Champlain was driven at full speed into a rock ledge....  more »
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The Phoenix was built in 1815 and was the second side-wheel steamer on Lake Champlain. She measured 146’ in length by 27’ wide and weighed 336 tons. The ship was on the Whitehall to St.Johns run on September 5, 1819 when, in the early morning...  more »
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The Sloop Island Canal Boat is 97 feet in length and 17 1/2 feet wide. It is thought to be one of the last remaining canal boats of the early 1900's vintage. The cargo is coal.  more »
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Unidentified canal boat filled with stone. Probably broke free from a tow and ran agound at Diamond Island. The canal boat is 93 feet long and is loaded with cut stone.  more »
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The A.R. Noyes may be one of the canal boats that broke loose from the tow of the tug Tisdale on their way to Burlington on October 17, 1884 and sank near Proctor Shoal.  more »
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The O.J. Walker was built in Burlington in 1862 and named after on the region’s leading merchants, Obadiah Johnson Walker. For over 30 years this vessel carried a variety of heavy cargoes. In May of 1895 the schooner took on a load of bricks and...  more »
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The General Butler was built in Essex, New York in 1862. Designed as a canal boat-schooner it was able to remove the masts and raise its centerboard and navigate the canal system. While approaching Burlington during a Winter storm in early December 1876,...  more »
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The story of Water Witch began in 1831 when Captain Jahaziel Sherman commissioned Samuel Wood to build a new steam vessel at his shipyard in Fort Cassin, Vermont. Completed in the early part of 1832, the Water Witch was a small boat as compared to other...  more »
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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...  more »
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Sunken barge that may have been utilized in the construction of the Thousand Islands Bridge in the 1930's.  more »
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Around 1860 the schooner Elk hit the head of Washington Island and sank in the shallows.  more »
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In November of 1906, the steamer Grand View broke from her moorings and drifted on the rocks at the head of Governer's Island, opposite Clayton, New York.  more »
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Early 1900's gas powered speed boat  more »
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The steamer Lewiston and three of the barges that were in tow ran aground on Hinckley Flats.  more »
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Two masted wooden schooner, Clara White, caught fire and burned to the water line and sank near Brockville, Ontario.  more »
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In 1890 the steam powered yacht, Catherine, collided with the Steamer St. Lawrence. This yacht immediately sank near sunken rock Light.  more »
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A 1930's vintage wooden hull "air Boat" powered by an airplane engine, which is still on board the wreck.  more »
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An unknown steam launch about 30 feet in length.  more »
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Believed to be the schooner Sam Cooke also referred to as the Battersby Island Wreck. This shipwreck is that of a three masted schooner.. The Sam Cooke was built at Oswego, New York in 1873. In 1882 the Cooke was blown towards Battersby Island by a strong...  more »
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The John B King was a 140 foot wooden drill scow. In 1930 off of the northeast point of Cockburn Island while working in the main channel of the St Lawrence River she was hit by lightning. This set off the dynamite charges on the scow as well as those...  more »
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The Robert Gaskin was a 132 foot three masted wooden barque. She was built in Kingston, Ontario in 1863. In 1889 while involved in salvaging a train ferry a salvage pontoon broke loose and holed the Gaskin. She then sank right on top of the boat that...  more »
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