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Lake Champlain Shipwreck - Seaquester

Found by:  Dan Scoville, Paul Garrison, Brian Lindner & Scott Van Lear  - July 2015

Location:  Off Burlington, VT

Previously Located By: Lake Champlain Maritime Museam (LCMM)

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Burlington Free Press - August 26, 1966

Vermont State Police at Montpelier confirmed Thursday they were investigaing the reported sinking of the 62 foor boat "Seaquester" in Lake Champlain Aug 11th.

The steel hulled craft, allegedly owned by Queen City rigger William H Scott, is believed to have sunk west of Juniper Island in about 300 feet of water.  Cause of the sinking was not learned Thursday.  

A Coast Guard spokesman at Albany N.Y., said it had not been determined whether the craft had sunk on the Vermont or New York side of the lake.

The black - and - white craft was a familiar boar along Burlington's waterfront and was used during a Forth of July celebration on the breakwater.

The ocean-going boat, which arrived on the lake earlier this spring, was equipped with short-wave radiom, radarm depth finding equipment and was powered by diedel engines.

The craft was oftern tied up at Perkins Pier and for serveal days was at the Coast Guard Statioin here.  

Finding The Wreck
In the summer 2015 Dan Scoville, Paul Garrison and Brian Lindner were out scanning Lake Champlain looking for the N400CP, a corporate jet lost with all hands shortly after takeoff from the Burlington airport.  During the search for the lost aircraft we ran across the final resting place of Seaquestor.

Seaquestor resting place has been located previously by LCMM.

The Discovery Team​

Dan Scoville is an experienced cave and technical diver. In 2005, Dan led the development of an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) with a team of college seniors from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently a Global new product development manager for Oceaneering International in Houston, TX

Brian Lindner is a native Vermonter and local historian.  Known as the unofficial plane crash historian for Vermont.  Author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles about Vermont history.  Twenty-six years in the Marine Division of the State Police.  Ski patroller at Stowe, EMT and leads a local Search & Rescue team.

Paul Garrison

Paul Garrison is owner of Crescent Images, LLC, a Houston based video production company that has provided video production for over 40 years of everything from special events, training videos, interviews and marketing content for corporations, small to mid-sized businesses. Special projects include video documentary coverage of ship wreck searches.

 

For over 26 years, Paul also is owner/founder of Crescent IT Systems, a Houston based managed IT support company that has provided its small to mid-sized clients with solutions involving data protection, systems monitoring, helpdesk, network services, cyber security services, disaster recovery/business continuity and more.  Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at University of Houston.

 

Prior to these organizations, Paul has been employed in numerous functions in research and development organizations involved with the integration and programming of computer-based systems involved with real-time data for monitoring and control of critical events.  Other accomplishments include AI applications residing on edge technology for the purpose of visual recognition and event assessments.

Scott Van Lear

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