MONTPELIER, Vt. – The remains of a Revolutionary War battleship that burned and sank as the Americans and British struggled for control of Lake Champlain will be in the hands of the U.S. Navy in time for the Fourth of July.
Timbers from the schooner Royal Savage, raised from the lake in 1934, has been in possession of the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and will be turned over to the Navy during a ceremony Wednesday in Harrisburg.
Michael Crawford of the U.S. Navy History and Heritage Command says the timbers are the remains of an important sea battle.
Gen. Benedict Arnold, then still loyal to the American cause, led the rebels. The Battle of Valcour Island in 1776 held off British long enough to give the Americans more time to build their defenses.