The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Boat Building at Chaumont
Cape Vincent Eagle (Cape Vincent, NY), 12 May 1921

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Boat Building at Chaumont
Captain Frank Phelps Has the Only Shipyard in This Section

About fifty years ago, according to a Chaumont correspondent, this section of Jefferson county could boast of three shipyards, one at Sackets Harbor, one at Three Mile Bay and one at Chaumont. The only one that is active now is the one owned by Captain Frank Phelps, of Chaumont.

The last large boat built at Three Mile Bay was in the year 1870 and was built by Asa Wilcox and Jacob Putnam. After that, Mr. Wilcox built a large boat at Chaumont, and the timbers that were left from building the boat, Mr. Wilcox presented to the Methodist society and they were used in helping to build he first Methodist Church in that village. The church in later years was burned.

Captain Frank Phelps will lay the keel this week to a large boat which he will build for Claude W. Cole, of Cape Vincent. The boat will be 65 feet long, 16 feet wide and six feet deep and will be used as a fish tug. Captain Phelps has just sold the M.G. Phelps, the only large tug around here, to Captain A.R. Hinckley, of Oswego.

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12 May 1921
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    Latitude: 44.0616359016236 Longitude: -76.1361980438232
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Boat Building at Chaumont