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Lake Champlain ferries topic of lecture

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a program on Lake Champlain ferries Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle.

The program will be presented by Jim Bullard, former owner-operator of the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, together with Douglas Brooks, researcher, writer and boat builder.

Bullard's interest in the ferry boats goes back as far as 1799 and will include steam, sail and motor. The Addie B, still working today as the tug that propels the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, is Bullard's mother's namesake.

In 2002, Brooks designed and built a replica of the double-ended sailing ferry, the Weatherwax that was common in the days of horses and wagons before the automobile became the primary means of transportation.

"The Ticonderoga Historical Society is proud to present this very special program," said June Curtis of the society. "If you like old boats, old cars and old pictures, you will not want to miss this nostalgic afternoon.

"If you spend time on Lake Champlain, you'll no doubt identify the coves and landings but may find the names have changed over time," she added. "Perhaps you'll recognize your grandfather or can identify the 'brazen' boy. We invite the public and especially the individuals with relationships and associations with this history to join us and participate in a dialog as we bring to life the forgotten ferries of our region.

"While Jim and Doug are interested in telling their stories, they are even more interested in hearing yours," Curtis said.

Refreshments will be served in honor of the local families of the forgotten ferries. For further information, call 585-7868 or email tihistory@verizon.net.

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