Re: Troop movement
- I actually got the figure from reading a biography of the the diary
of Lieutenant John Lang off the Discriminating General's Site (by Mr.
Lynde too, lol) and it listed his departure datea s April 17 and
arrival date (in Quebec City) as May 16th I believe. I realize that
no travel was possible up the St. Lawrence from mid december to april
(?) because it was frozen over in sections. Perhaps I misread the
I took another look at it today and in the footnotes it says this.
(correct me if I'm wrong please Mr. Lynde)
"The passage to Canada had long been notorious for "frozen fogs, seas
of compacted ice, and contrary winds." Admiral Lord Colville to John
Cleveland, 24 May 1760. ADM. 1/ 482. Observations on the passage more
contemporaneous to Lang may be found in William
Dunlop, "Recollections of the American War, 1812 1814," in Carl F.
Klinck, ed. Tiger Dunlop's Upper Canada, New Canadian Library #55
(Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1967), pp. 5-6. The regiment to
which Dunlop acted as assistant-surgeon, 2/89th Foot, was part of the
same reinforcement as the 19th Light Dragoons, but sailed in autumn
1813. That it took some three months for Dunlop to reach Canada,
while Lang's convoy did so in barely a month, was probably due to the
fact that the later convoy sailed from the Isle of Wight, and thus
had not only greater distance to cover, but also had to traverse the
often tempestuous and contrary seas off the south coast of England.
Returning to England after the fall of Quebec in 1759, for example,
Admiral Saunders was forced by rough weather to make for Cork after
several failed attempts at his intended destination, Portsmouth.
Saunders to Cleveland, 11 December 1759. ADM. 1/482."
I don't quite understand why there was such a disparity, but that's
where I got the original idea (which is now being changed to 2-3
months I suppose?
> Hi Leona,
> I don't know were you got the one month estimate for an Atlantic
> crossing but I believe it is very optimistic. For an example,
> Admiral Boscawen's fleet, which was on its way to cover the
> attack on Louisburg, in 1759, left Spithead on Feb. 15th
> and arrived in Halifax on May 9th. His squadron was
> entirely made up of warships.
> Transports, which carried troops, would be even slower and
> Halifax is over 1,000 km. From Quebec. You must also take
> into account the time of year as Quebec was icebound until
> late Spring.