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Lake Schooner Water Witch

Part of the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve System , freely available to any certified SCUBA diver. Please Register Annually to dive this system.

Plan drawing of the Water Witch
Lake Sloop Water Witch.

Water Witch was constructed as a steamboat at the mouth of Otter Creek in 1832. Between 1832 and 1834 she plied Lake Champlain. However, in 1835 the Champlain Transportation Co. bought her to solidify their position as the lake’s dominant steamboating company.

Water Witch's days as a steamer were over. Her machinery was removed and she was converted into a schooner. Little is known of her life as a work-a-day craft propelled by wind, but we know that it was long. In 1866, she began her thirty-fourth season. She was captained by Thomas Mock, who had on board his wife and three children. On April 26 the schooner met its end when it foundered in a gale while carrying a load of iron ore. The Mock's infant, Roa, was in the cabin, and was lost.

Water Witch was discovered in 1977, and was later studied archaeologically. This vessel is unique for both its construction and history.

Features of Interest

Diving Information

Location

DO NOT PENETRATE THE WRECK!
REMOVAL OF ARTIFACTS IS ILLEGAL.
THIS IS A GRAVESITE; PLEASE RESPECT IT AS SUCH.

Please Register Annually to dive the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve system.