Friday, February 17, 2006

 

Divers hope to retrieve more objects from key 1776 battle

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wstm.com
February 15, 2006


PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Divers plan to be back in Lake Champlain later this year to recover more artifacts from an important Revolutionary War battle.Researchers have spent the past several years mapping the lake bottom off of Valcour Island, near Plattsburgh. Numerous objects retrieved from the site of the Battle of Valcour have been included in a traveling exhibit highlighting the underwater archaeology project.

The October 1776 battle pitted the British against America's first navy -- a fleet of ships built at Whitehall, New York under the command of Benedict Arnold. The redcoats won the battle, but Arnold's force delayed a British invasion of New York for another year.

The archaeology project is organized by Vermont's Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Project leaders are in discussion with the Navy and New York state to get approval for the recovery and preservation of any artifacts from the site.


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