Art Cohn at the wheel of the schooner Lois McClure

Art Cohn is shown at the wheel of the schooner Lois McClure. A talk that he gave at Crown Point Historic Site will be shown by C-Span starting this weekend.

CROWN POINT — A talk at the Crown Point State Historic Site is headed for national broadcast on C-SPAN.

The C-SPAN 3 channel will air “The 1814 Battle for Lake Champlain and the Shipwreck Legacy” lecture by Arthur Cohn, recorded at Crown Point State Historic Site last month, Site Manager Thomas Hughes said.

“I'm so glad that countless viewers near and far will see and enjoy such an excellent lecture,” Hughes said.

The lecture has four showings on C-SPAN 3: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12; 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18; and 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.


It's part of C-SPAN's “American History TV” series, Hughes said.

“Art Cohn founded the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburg (Vt.) 30 years ago, and Crown Point State Historic Site hosted the presentation on Sept. 11,” Hughes explained. “I introduced the speaker, so I'll be on there, too.”

Cohn is now retired as director of the Maritime Museum but still devotes his time to studying the history of Lake Champlain, Hughes said.

He could not be reached for comment on his talk.

“Everyone in Plattsburgh who watches this is going to find that it is the best explanation of the truly important Battle of Plattsburgh that they've ever encountered,” Hughes said.


"The 1814 Battle for Lake Champlain and the Shipwreck Legacy" was an illustrated lecture in the museum auditorium at Crown Point State Historic Site.

Before the battle, U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Macdonough led the construction of the corvette Saratoga and a sloop Eagle and several gunboats at the shipyard in Otter Creek at Vergennes, Vt., Hughes said.

He said that upon wresting control of Lake Champlain from the British, Macdonough's Sept. 11 victory forced the enemy forces to retire to Canada, which left no grounds for any claims by the British peace negotiators for territorial gains.

The American victory at the Battle of Plattsburgh ended the invasion of the northern United States during the War of 1812.


Cohn was the co-founder and is now senior adviser/special projects developer at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. He is a professional diver and has coordinated and participated in Lake Champlain's archaeological projects for many years.

He has a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Cincinnati and a juris doctor from Boston College Law School.

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