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Diving Lake Champlain...
The Valcour Bay Research Project- XI

The Raising of the Cannon
June 30, 2001

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The largest piece of the Revolutionary War cannon is lifted onto the  M/V Adirondack as Senators Clinton, Leahy and other guests look on.


On June 30, 2001 the culmination of over two years work by the Valcour Bay Research Project/LCMM team took place with the raising of the cannon and other artifacts from Valcour Bay.

In a dramatic ceremony attended by some 250 invited guests, including Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the priceless artifacts were brought to the surface. Also in attendance at the ceremony were New York State Senator Ronald Stafford, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, the Mayors of Burlington, VT and Plattsburgh, NY, John Tomkins III of the Clinton County Historical Association and other individuals active in preserving local history. The artifacts were displayed on board the M/V Adirondack, a large ferryboat provided by The Lake Champlain Transportation Company.

Art Cohn, Senators Stafford, Clinton, Leahy, and Ed Scollon addressed those in attendance.

Click here to review the address by Ed Scollon, Co-Principal Investigator-
Valcour Bay Research Project
Aboard the M/V Adirondack, Saturday June 30, 2001


The Raising of the Cannon
June 30, 2001

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All photos by Jim Millard, except where noted.
© Valcour Bay Research Project and The Lake Champlain and Lake George Historical Site


Ed Scollon, Co-Principal Investigator, VBRP and discoverer of the Cannon and his family board the M/V Adirondack.

The M/V Adirondack waits to board more invited guests.

Senators Hillary Clinton and Patrick Leahy board the M/V Adirondack.

VBRP members aboard a US Coast Guard vessel that has come aside to assist in the raising of the artifacts.

The cannon is raised from the depths by a giant crane, assisted by the US Coast Guard.

The cannon is lowered to the deck of the M/V Adirondack as dignitaries look on.

Project members steady the cannon as it is lowered to the deck of the Adirondack.

The cannon is carefully lowered to the deck of the Adirondack.

United States Senators Hillary Clinton and Patrick Leahy watch look on.

Visiting dignitaries aboard the M/V Adirondack.

The cannon, in three pieces, rests safely aboard ship. From top to bottom are the muzzle, first reinforce, cascabel, and a section of the gun carriage

VBRP divers gather together around the cannon.

Clinton County Historical Association Director John Tomkins III inspecting the cannon.

VBRP divers Dan Carpenter, Steve Nye and Dan Rock share an emotional moment.

Art Cohn addresses the crowd.

LCMM Director Art Cohn addresses the crowd as other guest speakers look on.

Art Cohn introduces distinguished guests.

New York State Senator Ronald Stafford addresses invited guests.

United States Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont addresses guests.

United States Senator Hillary Clinton of New York delivers her address.

Senator Hillary Clinton.

Senator Hillary Clinton addressing the crowd, as other dignitaries look on.

LCMM Director Art Cohn introduces Ed Scollon.

Cannon discoverer and VBRP Co-Principal Investigator Ed Scollon is introduced to visiting dignitaries.

Ed Scollon addresses the crowd.

Ed Scollon delivers his address.

Ed Scollon speaks as Sen. Hillary Clinton looks on.

Senators Clinton and Leahy discuss the Battle of Valcour.

Senators Clinton, Leahy speaking with Fred Fayette.

Senator Clinton with Susan Walter. Photo by Fred Fayette.


Senators Hillary Clinton and Patrick Leahy with Fred Fayette. Photo by Susan Walter.


Senators Clinton and Leahy. Photo by Fred Fayette.

Fred Fayette is owner of the
Fred and his colleague Peter
involved in a lake-wide side-


Peter and Jane Barranco. Photo by Fred Fayette.

research vessel Neptune.
Barranco have been
scan sonar survey since


VBRP member Roger Harwood and America's Historic Lakes author and webmaster, Jim Millard with cannon discoverer Ed Scollon.




Continued here: Jonas Holden's Pension Record

Click this link to read the text of Ed's speech and learn more about the events of June 30th:

Address by Ed Scollon, Co-Principal Investigator-Valcour Bay Research Project
Aboard the M/V Adirondack, Saturday June 30, 2001

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Artifacts on the bottom of the lake are the property of the People of the States of New York and/or Vermont by law. It is illegal to remove or damage them under State Law(s) without the appropriate clearances and permits. Removing them and transferring them across state lines violates Federal law & makes one liable to Federal prosecution.

Other links about Valcour Island and the Battle of Valcour within
The Lake Champlain and Lake George Historical Site

The Battle of Lake Champlain:
The American Revolution on Lake Champlain

View a copy of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's Official Cannon Raising Commemoration Program- Click HERE.

Also of interest: LCMM's Valcour Island Battlefield Preservation

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