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Lake George in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Wiawaka Bateaux

 
 
Wiawaka Bateaux Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Farrell, March 24, 2009
1. Wiawaka Bateaux Marker
Inscription. 7 French and Indian War bateaux sunk here in 1758. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
 
Erected by Bateaux Below, Incorporated.
 
Location. 43° 25.567′ N, 73° 41.817′ W. Marker is in Lake George, New York, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from County Route 9L 1.5 miles north of U.S. 9. Click for map. Route 9L is a right hand turn off of US Route 9 heading north from exit 21 of the Adirondack Northway, Interstate Route 87. The turn is at a traffic light directly opposite the Howard Johnson Restaurant. From this turn, Wiawaka Holiday House is 1.5 miles on the left. Marker is in this post office area: Lake George NY 12845, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Radeau Warship (approx. 0.7 miles away); Radeau Land Tortoise (approx. 0.7 miles away); Submerged Track (approx. 0.7 miles away); Military Dock (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sunken Fleet (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ethan Allen tour boat tragedy (approx. 0.7 miles away); Colonial Maritime Heritage (approx. 0.7 miles away); Delaware & Hudson Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lake George.
 
More about this marker. The marker itself
Wiawaka Bateaux Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Farrell, March 24, 2009
2. Wiawaka Bateaux Marker
Looking to the northwest with the frozen surface of Lake George in the background beyond the marker.
is found on the grounds of the Wiawaka Holiday House complex overlooking Lake George.
 
Regarding Wiawaka Bateaux. In the fall of 1758 after General James Abercrombie and his army had been defeated at Fort Carillon (Fort Ticonderoga), they retreated to the head of Lake George and built many bateaux, two radeaux and a sloop. The intent was to use these vessels in a new assault against Fort Carillon the following year. However, Fort William Henry had been destroyed the year before by French forces under the command of General Montcalm and there was no place for the British to garrison troops for the protection of the vessels. With winter coming on, the vessels were intentionally sunk in Lake George with the plan to raise them in the spring, thus protecting them from French raiding parties. Not all the vessels were recovered.
 
Additional keywords. Sunken Fleet of 1758
 
Categories. War, French and Indian
 
Wiawaka Bateaux Marker Photo, Click for full size
By John Farrell, March 24, 2009
3. Wiawaka Bateaux Marker
Approaching the marker looking to the west over Lake George.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by John Farrell of Lake George, New York. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by John Farrell of Lake George, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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