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Ford Discusses Searches for War of 1812 Shipwrecks

Ben Ford presented “The Search for Chauncey’s Fleet in Lake Ontario” at the Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America’s meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario, on January 20, 2013.

Ford’s talk summarized four years of combined archaeological, historical, and geological investigations to locate the archaeological remains of America’s War of 1812 fleet in Lake Ontario. He discussed the known wrecks, including the Hamilton and Scourge, and vessels that remain to be found, such as the dispatch schooner Lady of the Lake.

The presentation, attended by approximately 50 people, ended with a discussion of Ford and Katie Farnsworth’s recent search for the frigate Mohawk and an unnamed gunboat. This recent work utilized a variety of techniques, including side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiling, magnetometry, through-ice ground penetrating radar, and excavation.

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