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Liberty (I)

  • Built at at Skenesboro, Lake Champlain for wealthy landowner Maj. Philip Skene
  • Captured, 11 May 1775, during a raid on Skenesboro led by Capt. Samuel Herrick
  • Liberty sailed to Fort Ticonderoga on the 13th and filled out her crew
  • On 16 May the schooner pushed on toward St. Jean, the British shipyard on the lake, until becalmed north of Ile La Motte
  • Arnold with a party of 35 men, pressed on in small boats. After rowing all night the raiders surprised the fort and captured sloop HMS George III
  • Liberty and the prize, renamed Enterprise, gave the Americans undisputed control of the entire lake. The two ships, reinforced by new vessels built at Skenesboro, supported the Continental forces during the Canadian campaign, and prepared to defend the lake when the British assumed the offensive
  • During the battle of Valcour Island, Liberty, away on a supply run, escaped the fate of most of Arnold's fleet, only to be destroyed the following summer as Burgoyne marched south
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    four 2-pdr guns
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