Re: [ALL TREASURE TALES USA ] Short Story - The To-Scale Ships
- Hey Hoang, Thankds for the story, sounds interesting.
Would you have any objections to having it posted in
our groups files? Let me know and happy holidays!
--- Hoang Ho <twomtns2002@...> wrote:
> From the book 'Short Stories of Lost Treasure in__________________________________________________
> the Adirondacks'
> by Hoang Ho
> The miniature battle of Lake george was fought
> during or even after the War of 1812. The combatants
> had allegiances, that much is certain, but to who or
> what they were aligned is still a mystery. Lake
> George is in the Adirondacks and though it is
> smaller than the Finger Lakes, it is a popular
> modern day tourist spot.
> The miniature battle should really be called the
> 'to-scale' Battle of Lake George. It is not clear if
> it came about as a result of military obligation or
> more due to a sort of dare between drunken boasters.
> The story goes that around the time of 1812 there
> was a group of men working the woods of the Lake
> George area. They were craftsmen and shipbuilders
> and they knew how th sail the ships as well. A group
> of men gathered at the local tavern one day and
> talked of ships. The theory was that Lake George
> should be protected by a ship or two. Others said
> that that was preposterous and that men could run
> around the lake faster than a ship could sail. Much
> argument was fostered about the concepts until
> finally it was agreed that two ships would be built
> to fight it out for supremacy. The ships were
> square-rigged to fit all the rigging and sails along
> with cannon. The only difference was that the ships
> were only 37 feet long. Each ship was to have only
> two guns on each side and they were
> small guage to hold a ball only two inches across.
> The two ships were to be built identically because
> the argument lay in the fact that one captain and
> crew was better. In this battle there was to be no
> excuse such as one ship was better than the other.
> It must have been the time of 1812 but in such
> faraway places like Lake george the rhetoric of war
> was almost irrelevant. But since the war planning
> aand sending of troops was done arbitrarily from
> maps there was no telling if the Lake George area
> was to be affected.
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