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Paddlewheels found from steamer sunk 1819

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The two paddlewheels from the second commercial steamboat that sailed Lake Champlain more than two centuries ago have been found on the bottom of the lake, officials said.

The paddlewheels from the steamboat Phoenix were discovered last weekend off Colchester Shoal in separate dives by Gary Lefebvre of Colchester using a remotely operated vehicle.

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

The style 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.


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I have a theory and its spectutive only,

The lake champlain monster, effectively known as "champ" was hiding them.

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