Anthropology Searches for Shipwreck on Lake Champlain

Posted on 3/27/2019 5:49:46 PM

Under a grant from the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, and in cooperation with Texas A&M, William Chadwick and graduate student Steven Campbell recently conducted a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey through the ice of Lake Champlain to relocate the British sloop Boscawen near Fort Ticonderoga, New York.

Steven Campbell and William Chadwick conducting GPR survey on frozen Lake ChamplainBetween February 22 and 25, 2019 archeologists from IUP joined underwater archaeologist from Texas A&M and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (including IUP MA in Applied Archaeology alumna Cherilyn Gilligan) and staff from Fort Ticonderoga to conduct the geophysical survey on the ice of Lake Champlain.

The shipwreck of the 16-gun British sloop Boscawen was first identified in 1983 by the Champlain Maritime Society. The sloop was abandoned in shallow water near Fort Ticonderoga in 1763, after the French and Indian War.

The GPR survey is being used on the ice to identify the location of the shipwreck and structural details because traditional marine geophysical methods cannot be used in the shallow waters in which the Boscawen lay.

Anthropology Department