Anthropologist Ford Presents on War of 1812 Archaeology of Lake Ontario

Posted on 4/2/2012 1:44:45 PM

Ben Ford, Anthropology Department, presented “The Sunken Ships of Chauncey and Yeo” at the Oswego County War of 1812 Symposium on March 31, 2012.

The Oswego County War of 1812 Symposium was a day-long series of lectures focusing on the War of 1812 along the New York-Canadian frontier. This was a public event attended by approximately 190 people. The audience included members of the interested public as well as local and professional historians.

Ford’s talk discussed what happened to the American and British fleets, commanded by Isaac Chauncey and James Yeo respectively, after the war. The majority of the ships were not lost during the war, but were broken up or sold following peace. Consequently, many of these ships are scattered around Lake Ontario where they were abandoned or lost as merchant ships.

Department of Anthropology