His Majesty's hired transport schooner Nancy

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Title: His Majesty's hired transport schooner Nancy
Author: Sabick, Christopher Robert
Abstract: In 1997 a group of archaeologists from Texas A &M University's Nautical Archaeology Program traveled to Wasaga Beach , Ontario to document the hull remains of the eighteenth -century schooner Nancy . In 1927 , the schooner was recovered from the banks of an island in the Nottawasaga River , near its confluence with Lake Huron . The hull is now on display in the Nancy Island Historic Site . Despite being available to the public for more than 75 years , the 1997 documentation was the first to thoroughly record the construction of the vessel . In addition to archaeological investigation , historical research was carried out to further our understanding of Nancy's commercial and naval career . The archaeological data reveal a schooner that was built by talented shipwrights using the fine timber harvested around the Great Lakes in the eighteenth -century . This study adds a considerable amount of new information to the otherwise scanty base of knowledge available on the construction of early Great Lakes sailing vessels . Historical research shows that Nancy and her crews were participants in many important events that shaped the Great Lakes Region . From her construction in Detroit in 1789 , Nancy was employed in the fur trade . As tensions flared between Great Britain and the United States in 1812 , Nancy was utilized as an armed transport for the British forces around the lakes . in August of 1814 , the schooner was trapped in the Nottawasaga River by a strong American naval force . Nancy's commander set fire to the vessel to deny it to the enemy . This thesis examines the construction details and history of the schooner Nancy in detail . Preliminary chapters will provide the historical context for the vessel and describe Nancy's long journey that ended at the Nancy Island Historic Site . The second half of the thesis describes the construction of the schooner and compares it with other contemporary vessels . The study concludes that Nancy's hull represents an eighteeth -century construction tradition modified for use on the Great Lakes , and also demonstrates the vessel's dual roles as trader and military transport .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2190
Date: 2005-08-29

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His Majesty's hired transport schooner Nancy. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /2190 .

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