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Ghost fleet awakened : Lake George's sunken bateaux of 1758

Author: Joseph W Zarzynski
Publisher: Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2019]
Series: Excelsior editions
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""Ghost Fleet" Awakened is the untold story of a little recognized sunken fleet of British warships from the French and Indian War (1755-1763). In the autumn of 1758, the British command at Lake George, New York made a daring decision. Without a fortification to protect their battle crafts, since the French and their Native American allies destroyed Fort William Henry in August 1757, the British deliberately sank  Read more...
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Zarzynski, Joseph W.
Ghost fleet awakened.
Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018056833
(OCoLC)1080248208
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph W Zarzynski
ISBN: 9781438476742 1438476744
OCLC Number: 1122790882
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Early history of bateaux --
The bateau watercraft --
Techniques of building a bateau --
Discovery of Lake George's sunken bateaux of 1758 --
The 1950s and early 1960s --
rediscovery of the sunken bateaux of 1758 --
Toward the better management of Lake George's sunken bateaux --
Underwater archaeology of Lake George's sunken bateaux of 1758 --
A renaissance of interest in Lake George's sunken bateaux of 1758 --
The mortar bateau --
What lies beneath, an inventory of Lake George's sunken bateaux of 1758 --
Missing bateau shipwrecks --
Lake George's baby whale submarine --
Wiawaka bateaux and the National Register of Historic Places --
Submerged heritage preserves --
Stabilizing a bateau shipwrecks site --
Secondary school students build underwater archaeology equipment and replica bateaux --
Raising the fleet --
an art/science initiative --
Documentary filmmaking, bateaux, and archaeologists --
Public education programs --
Conclusion --
Appendices: Crandall bateau articles (part 1 and part 2), Peckham bateau article, and a list of bateau shipwreck divers.
Series Title: Excelsior editions
Other Titles: Lake George's sunken bateaux of 1758
Responsibility: Joseph W. Zarzynski.

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""Ghost Fleet" Awakened is the untold story of a little recognized sunken fleet of British warships from the French and Indian War (1755-1763). In the autumn of 1758, the British command at Lake George, New York made a daring decision. Without a fortification to protect their battle crafts, since the French and their Native American allies destroyed Fort William Henry in August 1757, the British deliberately sank two floating batteries (radeaux), some row galleys and whaleboats, a sloop, and 260 bateaux. This placed the warships into wet storage, protecting them from marauding French over the winter of 1758-1759. Many submerged boats were raised in 1759, but some were not. In 1960, two divers rediscovered several sunken bateaux. The media dubbed the sunken boats the "Ghost Fleet." These shipwrecks were the focus of underwater archaeological investigations that provided archaeologists with opportunities to gain unprecedented insight into eighteenth century lifeways. This book takes readers on a journey that began over 250 years ago, when bateaux first plied the waters of this mountain lake. It enlightens readers with a history of these utilitarian vessels, including their origins and uses. The author infuses the book with underwater archaeology doctrine, so readers understand the nautical significance of these colonial craft. Furthermore, the book examines shipwreck preservation techniques, the creation of shipwreck parks for scuba enthusiasts, and the many multi-faceted programs developed by the non-profit organization Bateaux Below to help protect these finite cultural resources."--Provided by publisher.

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