History in Lake Champlain, Pt. 1:
Diving off Burlington, Brian Mann, 8/27/01
trip into history beneath the waters of Lake ChamplainBrian
Mann joins a team of divers exploring Lake Champlain's underwater
to story. (7:40)
140 years ago, the General Butler was blown against the breakwater
just offshore from Burlington. The buoys help divers find
the wreck in the murky waters of Lake Champlain.
Divemaster Doug Jones gives a few last instructions before
Brian's trip down to the General Butler, a canal boat rigged
to sail on Lake Champlain
Doug Jones does a last gear check before Brian's descent.
Brian takes to the water. The full wet suit will keep him
warm as he descends to forty feet.
and Further Information:
New York Department of Environmental Conservation (518)
Maritime Museum (802) 475-2022
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (802) 828-3051
Removal of artifacts from dive sites is forbidden by law.
Penetration of wrecks is not permitted. Before diving on the
O.J. Walker wreck, an extremely fragile site, please
register with the Burlington Community Boat House at (802)
865-3777. On Marine Band Radio, use Channel 74 or 79. Monitor
buoyancy at all times to avoid contacts with wrecks.
Diving Activity can spread zebra mussels! These prolific,
sharp-shelled molluscs can cover and damage historic shipwrecks
and cause severe ecological damage. Transporting zebra mussels
is illegal. Between divers in different waterbodies, submerge
all equipment in hot tap water (110 degrees or hotter) for
at least 10 minutes. For more information, contact the Lake
Champlain Basin Program at 1-800-468-5227.