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Photo courtesy of Douglas Brooks

Tuesday, September 26th, 7p.m.

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries:
The Story of Vermont's Small Boat Traditions

This talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau series.

Vergennes boat-builder and author Douglas Brooks’ talk will focus on the history and culture of boat-building in the Lake Champlain region. While the larger ships that historically plied Lake Champlain, from the gunboats of the Revolutionary era to the steamboats of the 20th century, have been the focus of extensive research and archaeology, the small boats of the Lake Champlain have never been comprehensively studied.

The talk will feature historic photographs of the lake, which show a myriad of small boat types, both finely-built craft and their simpler, “carpenter-built” cousins. Many of these are working boats, for fishing, hunting and trapping. In addition there are pleasure boats, including a series of rowboats from the Waterhouse shop on Lake Dunmore.

Brooks’ research also includes a discussion of the sail ferries on Lake Champlain, a subject he took up in 2001 while researching the design for a replica sail ferry. This overlooked type of commercial vessel was essential to commerce of the region, particularly in the long, narrow reaches of the south lake. Sail ferries were a vital form of transport and trade and their unique design was ideally suited to our waters. Sail ferries also have the distinction of being the longest-serving ferry type found on Lake Champlain, operating from the late-1700’s to the era of the automobile. Brooks built the sail ferry Weatherwax for the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau and the State of New York in 2002.




Community Writers’ Group

First Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00PM

Calling all local writers! Join us for our once a month Community Writers Group! All genres welcome. Get your literary juices flowing with creative writing prompts, network with other local wordsmiths, and enjoy a fun, stimulating monthly workshop. Snacks provided. To submit a piece of writing for others to review and enjoy before the group meets, email Laura Wisniewski at




Carpenter-Carse Library Passes 2017


  • Birds of Vermont Museum: Free admission with one paid admission (limited to once per season per patron).

  • Echo: Up to 2 adults/3 youth $7 admission.

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Free family admission.

  • Shelburne Farms: (2 passes) Free family admission.

  • Shelburne Museum: (2 passes) Half off regular admission price for up to 2 adults and 4 children under 17. *Vermont Residents only.*

  • USS Constitution Museum: (2 passes) Free admission (9 max).

  • Vermont Granite Museum: Free family admission.

  • Vermont Historical Sites: Free admission (8 max).

  • Vermont History Museum & Heritage Galleries: Free day pass for one family.

  • Vermont State Parks: Admit 1 vehicle (8 passengers max), 1 day.


For additional information and availability, please contact the library.


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