The steamboat Ticonderoga is America's last remaining side paddlewheel passenger steamer with a vertical beam engine. Commissioned by the Champlain Transportation Company, the Ticonderoga was built in 1906 at the Shelburne Shipyard on Lake Champlain.
The Ticonderoga measures 220 feet in length and 59 feet in beam, with a displacement of 892 tons. Her steam-powered engine is fed by two coal-fired boilers and could achieve a maximum speed of seventeen miles per hour. Her full crew numbered twenty-eight, and included the captain, pilots, mate, deckhands, engineers and firemen to operate the boat. The purser, stewards, freight clerk, bartender, hall boys, cook, waiters, scullion and mess boys attended to passengers and freight.
Initially, the Ticonderoga served a north-south route on Lake Champlain. Daily, she docked at Westport, New York, where she met the New York City evening train. The next morning she carried travelers and freight northward to St. Albans, Vermont. In addition to passengers, the Ticonderoga transported local farm produce, livestock and dry goods on a regular basis; and during both World Wars, ferried U.S. troops between Plattsburgh, New
When more modern ferries made her obsolete the Ticonderoga was saved from the scrap heap by Ralph Nading Hill, a devoted Vermont historian, who persuaded Electra Havemeyer Webb to buy her.
In 1955, the Ticonderoga was hauled on specially laid tracks across highways, over a swamp, and through woods and fields to reach her permanent mooring on the Museum grounds.
Much of the boat's interior has been restored to its original grandeur. The Captain's quarters, dining room, and promenade deck contain furniture and accessories used on the Ticonderoga and other Lake Champlain steamboats. The Ticonderoga was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Restored Historic Vessel, Restoration Exhibit
[Diagrams of] Hurricane Deck Salon Deck Main Deck Engine Deck
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The Ticonderoga departing Burlington harbor.
Erected by the Shelburne Museum.
Location. 44° 22.512′ N, 73° 13.948′ W. Marker is in Shelburne, Vermont, in Chittenden County. Marker is at the base of the starboard gangway, leading to the bow of the steamboat, on the Shelburne Museum grounds. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ticonderoga (here, next to this marker); Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Preservation of the Colchester Reef Lighthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colchester Reef Lighthouse Relocation (about 300 feet away); Diamond Barn (about 300 feet away); Pleissner Gallery (about 300 feet away); Locomotive 220 (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Locomotive 220 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelburne.
Also see . . .
1. Steamboat Ticonderoga at the Shelburne Museum. (Submitted on October 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Ticonderoga National Register Nomination Form. (Submitted on October 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. The Night Train from New York
The night train the Ticonderoga met in Westport, according to 1925 winter timetables would have been the Delaware and Hudson Train No. 7, that left New Yorks Grand Central Terminal at 8 PM en route to Montreal. D&H No. 7 stopped in Westport at 4:20 in the morning.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.