Thursday, January 11, 2018
HMS St. Lawrence-- Part 7: British Control of Lake Ontario
The naval arms race on Lake Ontario involved British Commodore James Yeo versus his American counterpart, Isaac Chauncey.
As state before, gathering materials for construction was extremely hard. Three smaller ships of at Montreal were scavenged for parts. And then, once the ship was built, there came another problem finding seasoned sailors.
The British lost the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 and with that, control of that lake. So, the British concentrated all their efforts on controlling Lake Ontario.
With the launch of the HMS St. Lawrence they had complete control of the lake. The Americans, after the day it was launched, never challenged the ship.
The St. Lawrence never saw action. But had the war continued into 1815, it probably would have. The Americans were rapidly building two of their own ships of the line at Sackets Harbor. The USS New Orleans was to mount 130 guns, but its construction was halted with the coming of peace.
The keel of the USS Chippewa (Chippawa) was laid, but also not completed with the coming of peace.