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belonged not to us but to the United States Navy. For all their magic, sonar recordings could never identify the ships; sooner or lat er we would have to inspect them at close range through the use of divers or a submers ible, either manned or remotely controlled. An opportunity came the following No vember, when CCIW ran tests on an experi mental diving device with the inevitable acronym TROV-for tethered remotely op erated vehicle-built by International Sub marine Engineering of British Columbia. TROV carried a television camera and man aged to train it at close range on what later proved to be the stern area of Hamilton. As we sat transfixed before the screen, Hamilton INCHINGALONG Hamilton's Starboardrail, the remotely piloted vehicle's claw (left) is positionedabove two deadeyes and points toward one of the vessel's eight 18-pound carronades. The ship's 32-pound cannon rests with its muzzle down on the deck (below). Fatethat day denied Hamilton and Scourge the opportunityfor ship-to-ship combat, but both vessels had earlier participatedin successful assaults on York-now Toronto-andFortGeorge. 307 POUNDCANNON,LEFT , I 18-POUNDCARRONADE,ABOVE For close-range punch, Hamilton used a short barreled,low-muzzle velocity carronade(above). A conventional cannon was mounted on a pivot amidships (right).