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Fort Ticonderoga Celebrates National Maritime Day with Hands-on Trades Programs and Narrated Boat Cruises

Maritime Trades available daily Tuesday-Sunday, Carillon Boat Tours starting May 26, 2023

Fort Ticonderoga celebrates National Maritime Day, May 22, engaging generations with the naval legacy of the network of historic rivers and lakes that connected Ticonderoga to the world. Visitors can experience the waters of Lake Champlain on board the classic 1920s-styled tour boat, Carillon, the premier experience of the naval stories that surround Ticonderoga, and the archaeological discoveries beneath. Beginning Friday, May 26, 75-minute narrated boat cruises celebrate maritime heritage with breathtaking lake views, commanding mountains and the majestic fort.

“Daily maritime trades programs allow visitors to explore sail-making, boat carpentry, and rigging as they discover the great fleets of the Seven Years’ War and the Revolutionary War on Lake Champlain,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Our skilled staff of Fort Ticonderoga brings this trade to life as they teach the next generation hands-on maritime crafts.”

From June-August, Fort Ticonderoga will host a Maritime Trades Intern who will have hands-on training in these timeless maritime skills. This Internship is funded by an agreement awarded by the United States National Park Service to NEIWPCC in partnership with the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

Throughout 2023, students have the exclusive opportunity to push a sailmakers needle, plane boat planking, and splicing line during our popular Maritime Artificers’ Apprentice program. Thanks in part to the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Sylvamo, young learners can enjoy this immersive hands-on program, which connects networks of naval trades to applied physics and geometry. This opportunity is available virtually, nationwide, through our Center for Digital History, thanks to South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Students and scouts can also experience rowing on Lake Champlain, on board a bateau, the flat-bottomed wooden boat used by soldiers in the 18th century. This unparalleled experience teaches teamwork and discipline, along with maritime history.

Educators and Scout leaders can book these programs, and many more by contacting Fort Ticonderoga Group Sales Manager, Ryann Wiktorko, at or 518-585-1023.

About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, center of learning and major cultural destination. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year on site with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a non-profit educational organization which serves its mission to preserve, educate and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. Fort Ticonderoga reaches more than 30 million people through its digital outreach each year through its Center for Digital History and is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. To view Fort Ticonderoga’s electronic press kit, click here. © The Fort Ticonderoga Association. 2023 All Rights Reserved.