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Guest Contributors...           Edwin R. Scollon

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

"The VBRP formed initially as an archeological survey, an organized method of locating and identifying the battle’s remaining artifacts. Measures to protect these artifacts have also been incorporated into the project’s design..."


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A discovery of a cannon preceded the formation of the Valcour Bay Research Project (VBRP).  Out of concerns for its protection and preservation, I sought assistance from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Maritime Research Institute.  It's director, Arthur B. Cohn, immediately advised New York State officials of the discovery and assisted me in obtaining an archeological permit.

The VBRP formed initially as an archeological survey, an organized method of locating and identifying the battle’s remaining artifacts. Measures to protect these artifacts have also been incorporated into the project’s design.  As a result, the survey is conducted primarily through the support and cooperation of local volunteer divers.  It is hoped that a stewardship ethic will develop as a result of their participation.  The divers are introduced to an emerging management science - Submerged Cultural Resource Management. They learn that the artifacts are a resource from which we can learn much about our cultural and historical heritage.  This management approach works to maximize the potential of a limited resource and the divers actively participate in this process.

LCMM Maritime Research Institute divers and researchers continue to provide technical assistance and support.  The VBRP has developed into a unique collaboration of sport and professional divers, conservators, historians, enthusiasts and officials.  The group is intent on thoroughly surveying and preserving what remains in Valcour Bay.  VBRP members are hopeful that the survey’s successes will promote further regional cooperation in the management of Lake Champlain’s cultural resources.

VBRP/LCMM Dive Operations 2001
Left to right, front row: Matt Booth, Ed Scollon, Adam Kane, Pierre LaRocque. Back row: Steve Nye, Todd Bissonette, Art Cohn, Bill Atkinson, Rob Wilczynski.  Participants not shown: Jerry Forkey, Dan Carpenter, Dan Rock, Bill Leege, Tony Tyrell & Doug Jones. Photo by Jerry Forkey

Continued here: What lies beneath? Discovery!

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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

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.

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