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BOOK - Lords of the Lake - The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814
By Robert Malcomson

Of all the struggles that took place along the border between the United States and the British provinces in Canada during the War of 1812, the one that lasted the longest was the 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 material into feverish efforts to build vessels with which to gain mastery of the waterway. In the end, unprecedented freshwater fleets had been built in 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, dramatic at times, yet impeccable in its scholarship. Based almost exclusively on primary sources, Lords of the Lake presents a balanced view of the naval war on Lake Ontario, illuminating its significance in the War of 1812.

410 pp., 2 maps, Hard Cover, ISBN 1-896941-08-7

CAT # 307006......$34.95
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