"Nothing more uncomfortable than our flat-bottomed boats:" Batteaux in the British Service during the War of 1812
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The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Oct 2003, p. 17-28
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Creator
Malcomson, Robert, Author
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Articles
Description
From the early days of European expansion into the Great Lakes region, the batteau was an essential part of the transportation system. This flat-bottomed boat was a common sight on the lakes and rivers of the wilderness, yet little has been written about it. This article investigates the batteau's development, its various features and uses with a close examination ofthe manner in which the British organized and utilized the craft during the War of 1812. It will be seen that this very ordinary boat, which received barely a mention from its crews and passengers, played a significant role in supporting the British war effort.
Date of Publication
Oct 2003
Date Of Event
1812-1814
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Language of Item
English
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Copyright Holder
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, XIII, No. 4, (October 2003) 17-28.
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Canadian Nautical Research Society
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"Nothing more uncomfortable than our flat-bottomed boats:" Batteaux in the British Service during the War of 1812


From the early days of European expansion into the Great Lakes region, the batteau was an essential part of the transportation system. This flat-bottomed boat was a common sight on the lakes and rivers of the wilderness, yet little has been written about it. This article investigates the batteau's development, its various features and uses with a close examination ofthe manner in which the British organized and utilized the craft during the War of 1812. It will be seen that this very ordinary boat, which received barely a mention from its crews and passengers, played a significant role in supporting the British war effort.