Paddlewheels found from Lake Champlain steamer sunk in 1819

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The 2 paddlewheels from the 2nd commercial steamboat that sailed Lake Champlain bigger than two centuries up to now had been found on the bottom of the lake, officials said.

The paddlewheels from the steamboat Phoenix had been found final weekend off Colchester Shoal in separate dives by Gary Lefebvre of Colchester using a remotely operated automobile.

The discovery was once announced Friday by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

The Phoenix was once launched in 1815. It sailed a customary time table between Whitehall, New York, and St. Johns, Quebec, stopping at ports along the lake.

The form of the paddlewheels and the charring indicated it came from the Phoenix, which burned off Colchester on Sept. 4, 1819, killing six of the 46 passengers and crew on board.

The hull burned to the waterline and drifted south to the set it came to rest on the shoal. The ice later dragged the wreckage off the shoal to the set it now rests.

“The Phoenix is among the earliest identified steamboat wrecks in the United States, and the invention of the well-preserved paddlewheel constructions adds to the importance of this nationally fundamental Underwater Put,” Scott Dillon, senior historical preservation overview coordinator for the Division for Historic Preservation, said in an announcement.

The crash of the Phoenix, which is piece of the Vermont Underwater Historic Put, is listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations. It is accessible to experienced scuba divers.

A depth reading from a photo taken of 1 of the paddlewheels by the distant operated automobile indicates as a minimal one of them is in unheard of deeper water than the body of the vessel.

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