Friday, March 11, 2005


Archeologists convinced they have found famous brig from War of 1812


National Post
March 11, 2005

Experts studying the remains of a wooden ship wrecked on the eastern shore of Lake Huron are all but convinced they have found HMS General Hunter a famous brig from the War of 1812 that was linked to several key battles and heroic figures in the last military conflict between Canada and the United States.

Nearly 200 years later, the ship is apparently yielding new prizes. A cannon was retrieved from the wreck site soon after its discovery in 2001. Since then, says lead archeologist Ken Cassavoy, "all of the pieces have been falling into place" to confirm the ship's identity as the General Hunter.

"I'm 99% sure," adds Pat Folkes, the marine historian who has been gathering documents to pin down the identification.

"I believe it's the remains of the Hunter. And there's such incredible stories attached to this ship. It's a national treasure."


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