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Ti Historical Society to host program

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Historical Society will present "The Shortest Battle in the Age of Sail" between the USA and England on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

Robert Lamb's program will center on this swift and devastating battle between the USS Chesapeake and the HMS Shannon off the coast of Boston on June 1, 1813, lasting just 15 minutes. It was one of the shortest encounters between wooden warships in history. The Chesapeake, commanded by James Lawrence, was no match for the victorious Shannon, commanded by Philip Broke.

Lamb was educated in Scotland with degrees in marine and naval engineering and industrial management but his avocation throughout his life has been the history of shipping, both commercial and military. He has attended history courses in the UK and the USA as well as visiting most of the nautical museums in Europe, Russia and the USA. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Ticonderoga Historical Society. He resides in Putnam with his artist wife Ginny.

This program is free to the public. Donations are accepted. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact the Ticonderoga Historical Society at tihistory@verizon.net or 585-7868.

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