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Built as a two masted schooner, date and location unknown
Royal Savage was damaged and sunk by American forces under Richard Montgomery during the siege of St. Johns (St. Jean-Iberville), Quebec, in
the fall of 1775
Raised and repaired after the capture of that fort on 2 November
Royal Savage with the small schooner Liberty and the sloop Enterprise (ex-HMS George III), formed the nucleus of the American
Lake Champlain squadron commanded by Benedict Arnold
Arnold pressed his force to complete a shipbuilding program before the British completed their squadron
In late August, 10 of his ships were finished and he moved north with Royal Savage as his flagship
23 September he moved his fleet into an anchorage at Valcour Island, separated from the western shore by a half-mile channel, to await the remainder of his squadron
, and the British
On 11 October the north wind carried the British past the island. American ships, including Royal Savage, appeared; fired on the enemy, and beat back
into the southern entrance to the channel, where the remainder of Arnold's force was positioned
Coming in from the south, the British force was handicapped by the wind. Arnold's planning and the British acceptance of the bait had given the Americans a chance to
carry out their mission
Royal Savage, however, ran aground on returning to the American line, and, undefendable, was abandoned. Despite attempts to reboard her, she was taken
by the British and burned
Royal Savage was raised from Lake Champlain in 1934
The city of Harrisburg PA. formally presented the remains of Continental Navy schooner Royal Savage to the U.S. l July 2015
Displacement 70 t.
Length 50' (estimated)
Depth of Hold unknown
eight 4-pdr guns
four 6-pdr guns
ten swivel guns
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||Illustration of Royal Savage under full sail.
||The bones of Royal Savage raised from the bottom of Lake Champlain in 1934 by by marine salvor and amateur archaeologist
Lorenzo Hagglund. Hagglund’s family held onto the remains of the ship and associated artifacts until being purchased by the city of Harrisburg in 1995. AP photo via Burlington Free Press.
||The storage situation of Royal Savage in a Capital Region Water warehouse in Harrisburg, PA., whose mayor acknowledged the
city did not have the means to properly preserve the ship remains.
Photo courtesy PennLive.com.
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