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On 8 August 1813, during the War of 1812, two American Armed Merchant Schooners, the USS HAMILTON & the USS SCOURGE, sank in a squall on Lake Ontario with the loss of fifty-three lives. The story was told by James Fenimore Cooper in his biography, Ned Myers; or A Life Before the Mast, published in 1843.

The ships were discovered 160 years later, stricken off the USN Naval Vessel Register in 1979 and transferred to the Royal Ontario Museum and since 1980 have been owned and managed by the City of Hamilton.


Sunken Sunset Exhibit

City of Hamilton Hamilton & Scourge page

Hamilton Military Museum