Burning of British Ships / American Encampment

Burning of British Ships / American Encampment (HM1CRF)

Location: Chatham-Kent, ON N7M 5J4 Chatham-Kent Division
Country: Canada

N 42° 26.477', W 82° 8.162'

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Monday, October 4, 1813

— Tecumseh Parkway —

East of the Forks, the Thames River becomes shallower and not navigable for larger ships. With the American forces close behind, the British vessels were threatened with capture. One cargo ship, probably the Miamis, had already been set on fire closer to the Forks. Near this site, two other ships, the Mary and the Ellen, were moored perpendicular to the shore and much of their contents dumped into river. They were then set on fire to block the river to any American gunboats.

The American forces encamped in this area on the night of October 4 and were entertained by fireworks as the ammunition left on the ships exploded as the vessels burned.
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HM NumberHM1CRF
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Placed ByTecumseh Parkway
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 2:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 406568 N 4699398
Decimal Degrees42.44128333, -82.13603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 26.477', W 82° 8.162'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 26' 28.62" N, 82° 8' 9.72" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9668-9970 County Rd 39, Chatham-Kent ON N7M 5J4, CA
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