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The 163 ft remaining of the 244ft hull of the steamer Champlain lies very close to shore just north of Westport, New York between Barn Rock Harbor and Rock Harbor.   Bouyed wreck site.

~ GPS Shipwreck Location ~
Latitude:   44° 12' 21.6" N      Longitude:   -73° 22' 34.7988" W


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. Fortunately, there were no injuries and all the passengers and cargo were safely removed. The Champlain was a total loss.

Subsequent accounts of the Champlain indicated that it had been removed from the ledge and sunk in deep water. The research by Kennard and Zarzynski indicated that this was not the case. The Champlain was located in shallow water near the original site of the wreck


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