You might recognize my byline from some local newspapers. I've been a journalist in the area for the past decade. Now I'm the social media manager at Vermont's Own. I must say, being surrounded by maple syrup every week is not a bad gig! This is the first installment of many blogs to come about local happenings.
Back to late July on Otter Creek ... English-style Redbud is a re-creation of an affluently-owned pleasure boat of the 1890s. The fastest she travels is about 8mph. At 19-feet long, this steamboat is a little below average. Most are about 23-feet. And of course, it's wood-fired and steam-powered.
There’s a bit of relevant history, too. In the 1800s, C.P. Van Ness ran a Lake Champlain steamboat company in Vergennes. And back in the early 1900s, steam provided the most modern mode of water transportation, Russ said.
Take a look at this fun video from the day! Warning: CANNON FIRE!