Essex


by Tom Larsen

Docked in Essex (photo: Catherine Seidenberg)

Docked in Essex (photo: Catherine Seidenberg)

A look at the docks of Essex NY, in the late 1800s

A look at the docks of Essex NY, in the late 1800s

Bringing the Lois McClure to Essex helps reconnect with the shipwrecks she was constructed from. The General Butler was built in Essex, and whenever we dock at the Essex Shipyard, it’s easy to imagine what it looked like 150 years ago. Canal boats and lake schooners lined up on the wharves, getting filled with cargo headed around the lake and headed off across the state on the canal system. The old photographs always help the imagination too.

Darcey Hale showing the collection from the quarry (photo: Tom Larsen)

Darcey Hale showing the collection from the quarry (photo: Tom Larsen)

One of the treats of being at Essex, aside from the historical connection, is being hosted by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for LCMM, Darcey Hale. She always brings us to her house just up the road in Westport, and treats us to a fantastic dinner. This time was particularly special, as she gave us a tour of the work she has been doing on the records and artifacts from the old quarry site on her property. The sheer amount of material involved is mind boggling, and she has done an amazing job getting it all organized.

After our last school groups of the season and an afternoon with the public, we were ready to head to Vergennes for our final stop of the 2012 season.

Special Thanks to:

  • Nick Muller
  • Essex Shipyard
  • Darcey Hale

Tom Larsen
First Mate

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About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a private non-profit museum located on the shores of Lake Champlain, just seven miles from Vergennes, Vermont. Our mission since our opening in 1985 is to share the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain and its surrounding region. We accomplish that through exhibits, education programs, special events, on-water activities, replica vessels, nautical archaeology research, and so much more. Learn more & get involved by visiting our website: www.lcmm.org.
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