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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2020 8:52 p.m. PST

…Kingston Harbour in 1812

"A cold westerly wind coming off the lake chilled the American sailors as they hoisted the sails on seven armed vessels at Sackets Harbor, New York on November 9, 1812. All was in a bustle. Supply barrels were rolled on board, artillery pieces were loaded, marines stowed their knapsacks, and midshipmen called out orders through brass speaking trumpets to seamen on the masts above. Arriving in early October,[1] U.S. Commodore Isaac Chauncey was now ready to put his little fleet to the test and challenge Canadian control of Lake Ontario. An attack on Kingston, Upper Canada was also "in the wind"[2] if a decisive naval victory could be achieved.

The first five months of the war in the Great Lakes region had been a disaster for the United States. Detroit had been captured and in October 1812, the American invasion of the Niagara peninsula was foiled on the heights overlooking Queenston and the enemy had taken Fort Mackinac. Since the declaration of war in June, command of Lake Ontario, and indeed of all the lakes, had rested firmly in the hands of the British inland naval service known as the Provincial Marine…"
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