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War of 1812 naval relic's preservation bid founders

| Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 6:16 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The upstate New York village that bills itself as the birthplace of the Navy hasn't done much to preserve one of the service's oldest warship relics: the hull of a schooner that was the first in a long line of vessels to carry the name Ticonderoga.

The wooden remains of the War of 1812 ship are displayed in a long, open-sided shed outside the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall. With the approach of 200th anniversary of the battle at which the Ticonderoga gained its fame, a maritime historian is hoping something can be done to stem its deterioration.

Arthur Cohn, senior adviser and special projects developer at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vt., has suggested to museum officials that the hull needs be stored in an enclosed, climate-controlled building with interpretive displays telling the vessel's story. But the museum's director said such a project would be cost-prohibitive for her organization and for Whitehall, a village of 3,000 about 65 miles northeast of Albany on the Vermont border.

“That would take more money than anyone in the village of Whitehall could put together,” Carol Greenough said.

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