Pride of the Shelburne Museum, the recently restored 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga
is a National Historic Landmark and the last walking beam, side-wheel passenger steamer
in existence. Built and launched in Shelburne, Vermont in 1906, she operated as a day boat
on Lake Champlain serving ports along the New York and Vermont shores until 1953.
In 1955, the Ticonderoga was moved two miles overland from the lake to the
Shelburne Museum in a remarkable engineering effort that stands
as one of the great feats of maritime preservation.
Today, the Ticonderoga portrays life on board in 1923. The ship's carved and
varnished woodwork, gilded ceilings, staterooms, grand staircase and dining
room bring to life the old-fashioned elegance of steamboat travel.
Visitors now enjoy exploring the Ticonderoga's massive engine,
4 decks, pilot's house, galley, and crew's quarters.*
I began the painting of this magnificent vessel on location at the Shelburne Museum on
"Lilac and Gardening Sunday" in May of 2005. I continued working on the piece
at the '06 Lilac Sunday, and then completed it just prior to the '07 event.
The original painting was among very few I've created at this high level of
time-consuming, fine detail. I enjoyed capturing the dramatic cloud formation which
echoes the grandeur of the ship
and, with just a little imagination, could very well be
smoke billowing from the stack. The awesome beauty of the Ticonderoga was
more than ample inspiration for me to want to do my best on this painting
and it will remain one that I am most proud of. - Mike
Available as an Archival, Limited Edition Canvas Giclée Print
(Image size: 12 x 16" / Edition size: 100)
12 x 16" acrylic painting on panel, © 2-2007 Mike Mayone
Original sold - private collection