ALBANY, N.Y. – The upstate New York village that bills itself as the birthplace of the U.S. Navy hasn’t done much to preserve one of the service’s oldest warship relics: the hull of a schooner that was the first in a long line of American vessels to carry the name Ticonderoga.
The wooden remains of the War of 1812 ship are displayed in a long, open-sided shed on the grounds of the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall. They’ve been stored there since a local historical group raised them from the southern end of Lake Champlain more than 50 years ago. Now, as the 200th anniversary of the battle in which the first Ticonderoga gained its fame approaches, a maritime historian is hoping something can be done to stem the deterioration of a rare naval artifact.
Filed in War of 1812 on Jan.07, 2013