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'76 Warship Raised In Lake Champlain.

The Schooner Royal Savage.

The Schooner Royal Savage.

'76 WARSHIP RAISED
IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN
________

Royal Savage, Veteran of Our
First Naval Battle, Will
Become a Monument.

    PLATTSBURG, N. Y., Jan. 12 (AP).--The schooner Royal Savage, largest American vessel in the first naval battle of the Revolution, has been raised from a rocky shoal on Lake Champlain and will become a historical monument.
    With ropes and cables, Captain L. F. Hagglund of New York City, a deep-sea diver, recently removed the timbers from the bottom of the lake. The battered hulk, some of its timbers showing evidence of the fire set by the British, was dragged through shallow water and beached.
    The wreck is now in the hands of a wood-preserving company. Next Spring the American Legion intends to set the schooner permanently on a foundation near the Valcour monument to Benedict Arnold, who commanded the American fleet in the naval engagement.
    Another plan has been proposed, however, to add the ship to the historical collection at Fort Ticonderoga.
    The Royal Savage struck during the battle of Oct. 11, 1776. Disabled and cut off from the American fleet, she was running through shallow water in an attempt to rejoin the American vessels.
    Near the southern end of Valcour Island, and four miles from where Plattsburg now lies, the schooner was hopelessly on the rocks. Her crew escaped ashore.
    She was fifty feet long and had a fifteen-foot beam. She carried twelve guns and ten swivels and was in command of Captain Wynkoop.
    Meanwhile the other vessels under command of Arnold, who was on the Congress, were being bottled up in a narrow channel. During the night Arnold led them, undiscovered, past the British and escaped to Crown Point.
    Of five ships sunk during the battle, the Royal Savage is the only one whose location has been discovered. The wreck was for many years a mecca for relic hunters.


Source:

Unknown, "'76 Warship Raised In Lake Champlain, Royal Savage, Veteran of Our First Naval Battle, Will Become Monument," The New York Times, New York, Sunday, 13 January 1935, p. N7.


Notes:

    The "Captain Wynkoop" mentioned in the article above is Commodore Jacobus Wynkoop, whose story may be read here.

    The picture of the Royal Savage, which accompanies this presentation, was not part of the original newspaper article.

    All my best,

    Chris

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