An Abenaki Relic


In the early  80's something strange and mysterious was found at the bottom of Crescent Lake. No, it wasn't Cressie Nessie. Clark Moore wrote about the discovery in the 1999 Chronicles. Here's the complete article from Clark:


By Clark Moore, map site 22
It was a summer day in 1983 and scuba diver Jan Narushof from Clare-mont was "goofin around" the bottom of our lake. He was looking for Fish¬ing lures. We have a large supply, as most of you know. Jan noticed rocks piled in a strange way. As he started to move them, he noticed the tip of what looked like a canoe. He soon realized it was a dugout canoe. Ninety-five percent of the canoe was buried in mud and filled with rocks.
Later, after unloading the rocks, the canoe was raised by using a lift bag. This is something divers use. A Large balloon is positioned over the object to be lifted. As the balloon is inflated, up comes the object. What appeared was not the Titanic but what was eventually determined to be a 17-foot Abenaki canoe of the 17th century.
Isn't that interesting? Jan told me that large white pine trees were prone to center rot and made excellent canoes. Usually they were hollowed out by burning the logs and carving the remainder.
The canoes were buried in the lake to keep them from being chewed by porcupines and from thieves (finders keepers). Also, mud is a good preservative because it keeps the oxygen out. So, good old Crescent Lake mud did the trick
What happened to the canoe? Thanks to Jan it is now on display at the Fort at Number 4 in Charlestown.
An Indian trail once went through what is now the Unity/Acworth town line. So, who knows what else is down at the bottom of Crescent Lake? Besides my lost tools, that is. I'll bet you would like to know the exact spot where Jan found the canoe, Shh, don't tell, but it is 30 yards off shore from Camp/ Cottage/ Cabin/ Castle 73, straight out from the dock.


Abanaki Canoe