Abstract: The Search for Chauncey’s Fleet in Lake Ontario

During the past four years, an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists and geologists have investigated portions of the Black River Bay, Lake Ontario, with a variety of techniques including side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiling, magnetometry, and through-ice ground penetrating radar. While the primary focus of this work is War of 1812 shipwrecks, the investigations have expanded to include questions focused on geologic and anthropogenic environmental processes. The objectives, methods, and results will be summarized, and the benefits of integrating geology and archaeology in similar submerged investigations will be discussed.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Cain, Emily, 1983 Ghost Ships. Beaufort Books, New York, NY.

Wright, Paul, 2012 Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815. Osprey Publishing, Long Island City, NY.

Malcomson, Robert, 1998 Lords of the Lake, The Naval War on Lake Ontario 1812-1814, Robin Brass Studio, Toronto, ON.

Malcomson, Robert, 2004 Warships of the Great Lakes, 1754-1834, Knickerbocker Press, Edison, NJ.

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