Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814 by Robert MalcomsonLords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814 by Robert Malcomson

Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814

byRobert Malcomson

Paperback | October 1, 1998

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Of all the struggles that took place along the border between the United States and the British provinces of Canada during the War of 1812, the one that lasted the longest was the crucial battle for control of Lake Ontario. Because the armies depended on it for transportation and supply, control of the lake was a key element in American invasion attempts and the defensive actions of the British. Both nations threw men and materiel into feverish efforts to build vessels with which to gain mastery of the waterway. In the end, unprecedented freshwater fleets had been built at Kingston and Sackets Harbour, domination had passed back and forth, but the contest had not been won decisively by either side.

Lords of the Lake is the first full-length study of this aspect of the War of 1812. It tells the story of how the contest was waged from the days of the incompetent Provincial Marine squadron to the launch of the 104-gun ship St. Lawrence. The feats and failures of the opposing commodores, Isaac Chauncey and Sir James Yeo, are described, as are the roles played by key military and political leaders in shaping the course of the war. The narrative features battles and raids, shipwrecks, chases and blockades, the treacheries of egotists and the bravery of heroes.

Robert Malcomson’s absorbing narrative is readable, vivid, yet impeccable in its scholarship. As one reviewer said, "Here is history both detailed and dramatic."

Winner of the John Lyman Prize of the North American Association for Ocean History.

Robert Malcomson co-authored HMS Detroit: The Battle for Lake Erie, edited Sailors of 1812: Memoirs and Letters of Naval Officers on Lake Ontario, and has written monographs about the Battle of Queenston Heights and Brock’s Monuments, as well as the pictorial book Warships of the Great Lakes: 1754-1834. His most recent book is A Very B...
Title:Lords of the Lake: The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 1998Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1896941249

ISBN - 13:9781896941240

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