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Tango0110 Mar 2021 1:42 p.m. PST

…in a Leaky River Barge

"Early in 1813 there was a debate between American naval officers whether the US fleet on Lake Erie should be built at Black Rock, near Buffalo New York or at Erie, Pennsylvania. There were disadvantages to both places. Erie was only a small village with no facilities for shipbuilding, and no defenses. A sandbar across the mouth of the sheltered bay there prevented any vessel larger than a gunboat from sailing out into the lake. Black Rock (which is now more or less subsumed into modern urban Buffalo) was the site of the existing US shipyard on Lake Erie, and a brig and several smaller ships had already been gathered there by Lieutenant Jesse Elliot. However, it's disadvantages were even worse: the guns of British batteries on the Canadian side of the Niagara River could range the shipyard, and the strong river current meant that any vessel launched there would have to be towed upstream by teams of oxen--again under the guns of the British forces. And it was within easy reach of any British raiding parties from the opposite shore who could burn up several months work with a surprise attack…"
Mr Wilkens full article here


pmwalt10 Mar 2021 5:54 p.m. PST

Interesting bit related to the war of 1812

Grelber10 Mar 2021 5:57 p.m. PST

Interesting story. I hadn't realized there was an alternative to Erie. OK< it's not much of one, but it was still there.


Tango0111 Mar 2021 12:30 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it boys!.


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