The old Shelburne Shipyard. Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Shelburne Historical Society

The Shelburne Historical Society will offer a presentation on the Shelburne Steamboat Graveyard at 11 a.m. at Shelburne Town Hall on Feb. 11. This is sure to be of interest to all of Charlotte’s history lovers, boat lovers and lake lovers, and to curious people in general.

Who knew what treasures lay beneath the waters of Shelburne Bay? Well, now we know, as Lake Champlain Maritime Museum archeologist Chris Sabick and a team of helpers have been exploring an amazing underwater graveyard for the past three summers. Sabick will share his findings with the public at a presentation.

He will present the final results of the third year of archeological fieldwork at the Steamboat Graveyard and talk about the history and importance of the Shelburne Shipyard itself. New information will be revealed about the 2016 field season, which conclusively identifies the wrecks located within the graveyard. The story of the shipyard and Shelburne Point will also be illustrated in this talk.

Sabick joined the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in 1998 and has acted as the director of conservation since 2000. In 2013 he took the reins of the Maritime Research Institute, the museum’s archaeological research wing, as archaeological director.

The program is free and open to everyone. For more information email Shelburne Historical Society President Dorothea Penar at dfpenar@comcast.net.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum archeologist Chris Sabick and a team of helpers have been exploring an amazing underwater graveyard for the past three summers. Courtesy photon

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