Fragment from the USS "Revenge"
Wood, iron, paper
Overall: 9 1/2 x 19 x 5 3/4 in. ( 24.1 x 48.3 x 14.6 cm )
typewritten: on paper label nailed to block (removed in 2011): "PIECE OF THE AMERICAN SCHOONER 'REVENGE' / built at Ticonderoga in 1776 and sunk in / Lake Champlain after the battle of Valcour / Island, October 11, 1776. / Presented by Major Howland Pell,
Block of wood with three large iron spikes protruding from top and a cylindrical hole drilled through one end; from the schooner "Revenge"
The schooner USS Revenge was built for the Continental Navy at Fort Ticonderoga in 1776 and engaged with British forces at the Battle of Valcour Island in Lake Champlain. The Revenge was supposedly taken in July 1777 when a British force under General Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga, although some sources suggest that the schooner may have been burned and sunk to prevent capture. The ship was recovered from the lake bottom in 1909.
Gift of Major Howland Pell
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