HMS General Hunter exhibit docking at Welland Museum

Painting of The HMS General Hunter involved in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The Welland Museum is the port of choice for the HMS General Hunter Shipwreck Exhibit starting April 14/2018.

The HMS General Hunter was involved in the War of 1812, part of the British/Canadian squadron on the Upper Great Lakes. The brig was involved in several engagements. It was involved in the capture of Detroit before being captured by the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

It became a U.S. Army transport until it was beached in a violent Lake Huron gale August 19/1816. It was buried there until discovered on in Southampton, ON. in 2001, the full excavation took place in 2004.

“The exhibit tells the story of the ship’s actions in the War of 1812, the discovery of the wreck on the Southampton beach, the archeological excavation of the hull, and, after years of research, the identification of the hull as HMS General Hunter,” Welland Museum curator Penny Morningstar said in a press release.

She also says: “The exhibit includes a replica representative section of the ship’s hull, the video story “HMS General Hunter“, a video and display section on the ship’s action at the famous Battle of Lake Erie, and interpretive panels covering the discovery, excavation and identification of HMS General Hunter.”

The press release also says that the museum is looking for wood-working volunteers to help construct the small replica representation of General Hunter’s hull.

“Volunteers need no special skills, just an interest, and a little experience, in wood-working,” Morningstar said in the release.

She asks that those interested should call the museum at 905 732 2215. Work was scheduled to begin Mar. 3/2018.

Other shipwrecks of the Great Lakes will be featured in the gallery during this display.

 


 

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