Gunboat Philadelphia

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“The Philadelphia was one of the gunboats constructed in Skenesborough (now Whitehall, new York) and fitted out at Mount Independence / Fort Ticonderoga. The boat was sunk at the Battle of Valcoour. The wreck was recovered in 1935 by Lorenzo F. Hagglund and is now in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.”

The ship model was made by W. West Frazier and is on display at Fort Ticonderoga, New York.

Small gunboats such as Philadelphia were commissioned after the American capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. The boats were built under the direction of one-time patriot, Benedict Arnold. In 1776, these small warships engaged a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Champlain, where almost all of them, including the Philadelphia, were sunk. However, the battle delayed the British push south from Canada until the following year. (9)

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The image, Philadelphia, is subject to copyright by Captain Oblivious. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

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