Henry. McDonald to team-up in boat-building effort

TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will collaborate this summer to build an 18th-century bateau at the fort. Boat builder Dale Henry, with the assistance of Fort Interpreter Brian McDonald, will work on an 18th-century bateau, with a target launch date of Sept. 7, during the Revolutionary War Encampment at Fort Ticonderoga. Bateaux served as a critical link in the supply line between supply depots and remote Ticonderoga during both the French & Indian War and the American Revolution. Bateaux transported troops, food and military materiel along the vital waterways of the region, including both Lake George and Lake Champlain. The bateau project is connected to the opening of The Face of War exhibition in the new Mars Education Center gallery. The exhibition focuses on the campaigns of 1758 and 1759 at Ticonderoga, campaigns supported by enormous numbers of bateaux, which carried the armies of Gen. James Abercromby and Gen. Jeffrey Amherst the length of Lake George to attack Carillon (Ticonderoga). The bateau will be built near in the forts demonstration area near the entrance onto the parade ground. Fort visitors throughout July and August will be able to watch as the 27-foot boat takes shape, and interact with the builders. The project is a collaborative effort between Fort Ticonderoga and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, which has been constructing replica boats reflecting Lake Champlains history for the past 20 years. Members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga can register to take part in a members-only opportunity to help work on the bateau on Aug. 21. Contact Anne McCarty at anne@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 585-2121 ext. 22 to learn more or to sign up.

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