Spectacular Lake Champlain Franklin Steam Packet (Capt. R. W. Sherman) postmark on 1833 SFL from Port Kent to Albany, NY. A. Watson writes to John Townsend regarding the establishment of a railroad depot in Port Kend. Route or letter: Port Kent-Lake Champlain-Whitehall NY-Albany (overland). The Franklin operated from 1831-1835. Significant Vermont, Lake Champlain piece of postal history.