Lake Champlain Underwater Archaeology

Basin Harbor Shipwreck Exploration

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) is hosting a rigorous three-week program that offers a mix of both instruction and hands-on underwater archaeological research.  The diving sessions will teach practical underwater skills using both traditional documentation techniques and cutting-edge technology on an historic shipwreck. Through additional lecture, students will have the opportunity to study legal issues in archaeology, to learn about local history, and to participate in artifact conservation.

The site to be worked on is an 89-foot unknown wooden vessel located in Basin Harbor. Beyond the wooden hull remains, artifacts found on site include glass bottles, iron spikes and other iron fasteners. The identity and time period of the wreck are still unknown. Come help us solve the mysteries of the Basin Harbor wreck!

2017 Field School

·         When: May 21-June 10, 2017

·         Where: Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT.

·         What: Basin Harbor wreck, it’s a mystery!


Students must be SCUBA-certified

Students must have dive insurance

Students must have current CPR and First Aid certifications

Students must have their own dive gear for cold water diving (rentals can be arranged with the dive shop in Burlington, VT)


The fee for field school is $2525.00. A deposit of $250.00 is due upon acceptance and the remainder is due on the first day of class; all fees are payable to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This fee includes food, air fills, classroom and laboratory fees. The deposit and the remaining balance may be paid with check or credit card. Rustic style housing is available on LCMM’s Canal Schooner Lois McClure for an additional $500.00. If students are not interested in this option, they are responsible for their own housing.

Optional graduate or undergraduate credit, 3 credit hours, is available through Castleton University. The cost of tuition is $450.00.

Please download the application package, which consists of four one-page forms, and complete either digitally or by hand, at When finished, please send to Allyson Ropp by email, or regular mail:

Allyson Ropp

Field School Coordinator

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Road

Vergennes, VT 05491


Phone: (802) 475-2022 ext 110

If you have any further questions, please call or email Allyson at

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