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Re: [ALL TREASURE TALES USA ] Short Story - The To-Scale Ships

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  • The Hangman
    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!
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2003
      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!
      Hangman
      --- 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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