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Fort Ticonderoga Celebrates National Maritime Day with Historic Boat Building Programs, Narrated Boat Cruises, and Student Engagement

Fort Ticonderoga celebrates National Maritime Day, May 22, with a new 2024 historic boat building program and narrated boat tours aboard the 60 ft Carillon Boat on Lake Champlain. The maritime trades program is available daily Tuesday-Sunday throughout the season. The Carillon Boat tours will begin on May 24th and run through October.

“Ticonderoga’s strategic location connected it to the world throughout its history through a network of historic rivers and lakes. Visitors can explore the waters of Lake Champlain on board the classic 1920s-styled tour boat, Carillon, and discover the naval stories that surround Ticonderoga, and the archaeological discoveries beneath the lake,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.

Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga this year will be able to participate in daily maritime trades programs including historic boat building, allowing visitors a hands-on opportunity 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.

Fort Ticonderoga’s Maritime Program is a Learning Laboratory for Students of all Ages:

From June-August, Fort Ticonderoga will host a Maritime Trades Intern who will have immersive training in these timeless maritime skills. This project has been funded in part by the United States National Park Service (NPS) under assistance agreement (P23AC02038-00) to NEIWPCC in partnership with the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

Students have the exclusive opportunity to explore hands-on maritime history during Fort Ticonderoga’s popular Maritime Artificers’ Apprentice program. Young learners can enjoy this immersive hands-on program, which connects networks of naval trades to applied physics and geometry thanks, in part, to the support from Lake Champlain Basin Program and Sylvamo. Student learning opportunities in maritime trades are also available nationwide through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History, thanks to support from the South Lake Champlain Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Students and scouts can also experience rowing on Lake Champlain, aboard 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 [email protected] or 518-585-1023.

About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is museum, historic site, major cultural destination, and center for learning, on-site and across the globe through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about North America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year. Presenting vibrant programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits, Fort Ticonderoga and is open for daily visitation May through October and special programs during Winter Quarters, November through April. Fort Ticonderoga is owned by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, 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. 2024 All Rights Reserved.