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Escape of the Royal George 1812, The

Opposite here is the gap between Amherst Island and the eastern tip of Prince Edward County. On November 9, 1812, the British corvette “Royal George” (22 guns), commanded by Commodore Hugh Earl(e), was intercepted off False Duck Islands by an American fleet, comprising seven ships under Commodore Isaac Chauncey. Pursued by the enemy, “Royal George” escaped through this gap into the Bay of Quinte’s North Channel. The chase resumed in light winds the following day when she arrived safely in Kingston harbour. Chauncey, intent on capturing the largest British warship then on Lake Ontario, attacked her in the harbour, but after exchanging fire with “Royal George” and shore batteries, was forced to withdraw.

Location

Highway 33, opposite the gap, about 5 km west of Bath

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Lennox and Addington

Municipality: Township of Loyalist

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