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War of 1812 Mooring Site

Historic Districts and Sites

Here a group of vessels, both American and captured British, were moored after the Battle of Plattsburgh Bay. This fleet of vessels included five large warships, which were stripped of their equipment and weapons and anchored in a line of empty hulls. By 1820 the vessels were deteriorating due to rot and were moved into the Poultney River, where they eventually sank.

During the summer of 1981, a survey by Kevin Crisman and Arthur Cohn of the murky Poultney River turned up the remains of three 1812-era warship wrecks: the brig Eagle, the brig Linnet, and a U.S. Navy row galley, the Allen.

Suggested Further Reading

Kevin J. Crisman. The Eagle: An American Brig on Lake Champlain During the War of 1812 (Shelburne, Vt. And Annapolis, Md.: New England Press and Naval Institute Press, 1987).

Kenneth Cassavoy and Kevin Crisman, "The War of 1812: Battle for the Great Lakes," in George F. Bass, Editor, Ships and Shipwrecks of the Americas (London and New York: Thames and Hudson, Ltd., 1988).