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Eagle Canal Boat Records

Identifier: mss-279

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the operation of a canal boat called Eagle for the ferrying of travelers and goods on Lake Champlain. Currie's business took him to sites in Vermont, New York, and Canada. The majority of the records are financial in nature though some correspondence and official legal documents are also present.


  • 1838-1867



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

George M. Currie (1818-1891) worked as a canal boat operator and farmer. He was married to Cornelia (Walker) Currie (1823-1909) and they had five children: Clark Livingston (1844-1913, married Emma J. Bartholomew), Charles David (who sometimes went by David) (about 1845 to 1916), Henry Augustus (1849-1919, married Ellen Estella Hill and had four children), Lydia Viola (who went by Viola) (1851-1924), and George B. All four sons worked as sailors, presumably on the Eagle, at some point. The family lived at Chazy, New York. According to newspaper accounts, George B. was a common sight at Benson Landing, Vermont at the southern end of Lake Champlain as he transported salt on the canal boat (circa 1905).

Clark and George B. both served in the military. Clark was a Private in Company G of New York's 26th Cavalry during the Civil War. George served as a Private and Corporal in the Marines, enlisting in 1891. Henry moved to Kansas in 1877. Charles and Viola appear to have continued to run the family farm in Chazy.

Note that the surname is occasionally spelled Curry.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


Collection consists of accounts, bills, receipts, shipping bills, and other papers relating to the canal boat Eagle and its trips on Lake Champlain under Captain George Currie of Coopersville, New York.


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Guide to the Eagle Canal Boat Records
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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