National Geographic : 1983 Mar
order, no call; but the schooner was filled with the shrieks and cries of the men to lee ward, who were lying jammed under the guns, shot-boxes, shot, and other heavy things that had gone down as the vessel fell over .... The water was pouring down the cabin companion-way like a sluice... . I made a spring, therefore, andfell into the watersev eralfeetfrom the place where I had stood. It is my opinion the schoonersunk as I left her. AMILTON WENT with her, and the two lay largely forgotten over the next 158 years, with no memorial but Ned Myers's account and terse refer ences in the U. S. naval archives. Then in the summer of 1971 the Royal On tario Museum at Toronto commissioned a historical research project to look for the Hamiltonand Scourge in western Lake On tario. The lake had been a major theater in the War of 1812, taking the place of roads in the movement of troops and supplies. As a result, shipbuilding on Lake Ontario had reached massive proportions. By the time the war ended in 1815, both sides had ships on the lake or on the ways as powerful as anything at the historic Battle of Trafalgar a decade earlier.