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Dale Henry (r) and apprentice Brian McDonald (l) work on the bateau at Fort Ticonderoga
Dale Henry (r) and apprentice Brian McDonald (l) work on the bateau at Fort Ticonderoga

Wood, work, patience and finally, a bateau!

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An authentic British wooden bateau is being built on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga this month. Two stalwarts in the preservation and re-creation of Colonial American traditions, Fort Ticonderoga and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum have collaborated on the project. Bateau were nautical "work horses," used for everything from ferrying troops to hauling supplies and farm animals. The bateau is taking shape under the skilled hands of Dale Henry. His crew is working only with hand tools and using construction techniques that date back to the 18th century. Henry told Todd Moe the boat itself is based on the remains of a bateau raised from the lake floor in 1960.

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

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