Three sites in Lake George are available for exploration: The Sunken Fleet of 1758; the 1906 motor-launch Forward; and the radeau, Land Tortoise, a 1758 floating gun battery which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Land Tortoise and the Sunken Fleet of 1758 were intentionally scuttled to store them under the winter ice and prevent their capture or destruction by enemy forces. The radeau, Land Tortoise, has been designated by the Smithsonian Institution as "the oldest intact war vessel in North America." You must register and be assigned a time slot to dive the Land Tortoise.
Register with the DEC at the Lake George Beach. The Sunken Fleet of 1758 includes seven bateaux which are spread out over a 450-foot-long area at a depth of 25 to 59 feet. Diving is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Forward is perhaps the earliest gasoline-powered vessel on Lake George. The 45-foot wooden hull sits in 25 to 45 feet of water and features a specially prepared underwater trail system and stations.
Removing artifacts or damaging these resources is forbidden by law and deprives others of the opportunity to view and study them. Do not touch the remains, they are fragile. Please take nothing but photographs.
Contact the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Submerged Heritage Preserves, Region 5, Rt. 86, Ray Brook. Call 518-897-1200 for a brochure with complete information.