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Please join Friends of Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM for a
slide-show lecture by nautical archaeologist Art Cohn on "Benedict Arnold,
the Battle of Valcour Island, and the Missing Gunboat" on Thursday,
November 15 at 7:00 PM in Special Collections.  Refreshments will be
served.  RSVP at 656-2138.

On October 11, 1776, a small fleet of American gunboats under the command
of general Benedict Arnold battled a superior British fleet near Valcour
Island on the western side of Lake Champlain.  Facing likely destruction
should the battle resume the next day, Arnold guided his boats quietly
through a blockade of British boats in the dark of night, and, fleeing
south on the lake, eventually scuttled what remained of his fleet near the
Vermont shore.

Until recently, only one of the sixteen boats in Arnold's fleet could not
be found on the lake bottom.  In 1997, the last gunboat was discovered and
identified as Benedict Arnold's flagship.  Arthur B. Cohn, executive
director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, will discuss the discovery
of Arnold's last gunboat and the historical research that helped museum
archaeologists identify it.

Prudence Doherty
Reference Specialist
Special Collections
Bailey-Howe Library
Burlington, Vermont 05405
802-656-1493