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May 10, 2013

Search for Champ continues

PORT HENRY — The legendary Lake Champlain monster called Champ will be featured on the Canadian Travel Channel.

A film crew from the channel was in Port Henry for three days recently to interview residents and head out into the lake on a boat looking for Champ.

The boat was skippered by Capt. James Carroll of the Westport Marina, a mariner who’s seen Champ himself.


The show will air as a segment of the “Bogeymen” program in January 2014, Director Sid Zanforlin said.

“The show will look at not just Champ but Port Henry, Moriah and Westport — why people should come here, the scenic beauty of the area.”

The bilingual channel is known as Evasion in French-speaking Quebec, and this is one of the few episodes the Montreal-based video crew can drive to, Zanforlin said.

“Most of our other shows we have to fly. For this show, we got in the car and came down.”

With Zanforlin was Director of Photography Nik Petsilas and production assistant Roberto Bossa.


“Because it’s a travel show, we also try to cover the area where it occurs,” Zanforlin said. “We want people to go there.”

The program will feature the history of Port Henry and Moriah, including their early 1900s location as a film studio for such silent pictures as “The Perils of Pauline” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

Producer Claire Cappelletti of CMJ Productions, the production company doing the program, said they explored much more than just the Champ legend.

“The series will be airing on the Travel Channel here in Quebec called ‘Canal Evasion.’ The goal is to sell the series internationally, so there may be other broadcasters down the line.”


One of those interviewed was former Adirondack Life Editor Jeffrey Kelly, a Port Henry resident.

“We (did) our interview with Jeff Kelly on the pier out onto the water,” Cappeletti said. “The other thing we are looking at is a bit of history on Champ from first sightings up to the sighting by those two fishermen.”

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