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By George Ramsey Clark; William Oliver Stevens; Carroll Storrs Alden; Herman F Krafft

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During the American retreat, Arnold had wisely numbered the frames and carried them back to the south. 25 Building the American Fleet 26 The Gondola Philadelphia Fig. 2. The schooner Royal Savage. Illustration by James W. Hunter III after an original drawing included in the Schuyler Papers, New York Public Library. Per Horatio Gates’s request, Benedict Arnold arrived at Skenesborough on July 23 to oversee and evaluate the fleet construction progress. By this date, four gondolas had been launched.

Wynkoop left the lake service, but not with the embarrassment of being cashiered as Gates had suggested. , as second in command of the fleet. 10 As a replacement for Wynkoop on the Royal Savage, Gates recommended Colonel Edward Wigglesworth and also that he be third officer in overall command. 12 Hawley had brought along the majority of his crew with him from Connecticut. Wigglesworth arrived later and took command of the Trumbull. Arnold’s first task as fleet commander was to find a pilot and a surgeon.

Navigation had been stopped following the British occupation of New York City every sloop owner would aid the effort. If it proved impossible to purchase used blocks, Varick was to have block makers at Albany fabricate new blocks. In the event that the cordage and sailcloth could not be obtained in Albany, Varick was to approach the ship carpenters at Poughkeepsie, New York. It was a difficult shopping list to fill. Besides the sailcloth and the cordage, Varick was also searching all of New York state and Connecticut for the wide variety of other materials needed to supply Arnold’s fleet, the troops at Ticonderoga, Mount Independence, and the small garrison that remained at Crown Point.

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A short history of the United States Navy by George Ramsey Clark; William Oliver Stevens; Carroll Storrs Alden; Herman F Krafft

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