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at Valcour Island

American Revolution

By James P. Millard

British Forces involved in the Battle 
October 11-13, 1776

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Type Length Commander Guns Crew Notes


Three-masted Ship 80' Lieut. John Schank 18-12 pounders 120

Constructed in pieces, transported to St. Jean.  Re-assembled and launched in 28 days.


Schooner 66' Lieut. John Starke 14-6 pounders 120?

Captured by Americans in November, 1775, recaptured by British- May, 1776. Dis-assembled, transported in pieces from Chambly to St. Jean.


Schooner 59' Lieut. James Richard Dacres 12-6 pounders 45 Captured by Americans in 1775, recaptured by British- May, 1776. Dis-assembled, transported in pieces from Chambly to St. Jean.


91' Lieut. George Scott 6-24 pounders
6-12 pounders
35 The largest and most powerful vessel of the British fleet. Did not take an active role in the battle, as she could not get close enough due to winds. Sunk near Windmill Pt. (Alburgh) while ferrying sick and wounded from the Saratoga defeat.

(R)Loyal Convert

62' Lieut. Edward Longcroft 7-9 pounders 35 Dragged up the rapids at Chambly to St. Jean.

 3 Gunboats 

Gunboat 37'


1-24 pounder

The standard British Gunboat had a single mast, a beam of 12' and carried one cannon in the bow of various sizes.



1-18 pounder



1-12 pounder

11 Gunboats 

unknown 1-9 pounder
1 Longboat Longboat 20-40' unknown 1-4 pounder

Served as "Arm'd Tenders," each carried a "Carriage Gun."

3 Longboats unknown 1-2 pounder
24 Longboats Longboats 20-40' unknown none

Carried Provisions 

*This is a work in progress, subject to correction and verification. If you know of errors and can supply references or sources that will help make these charts more accurate, please forward to . Thank you.

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