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Master Commandant Thomas
Macdonough's Flagship Saratoga once again graces Cumberland Bay.
Tom LaMar's replica of the USS Saratoga
Thanks to Tom LaMar, visitors to the Plattsburgh, New York region can once again get a sense of what the USS Saratoga must have looked like when she graced the waters of Lake Champlain during her brief, but glorious existence.
LaMar, a dentist by trade, has been an aircraft modeler most of his life, only occasionally working with model boats. In the summer of 2001 he was approached about doing a scale model of Macdonough's flagship. Photos of the dramatic result grace this page.
This remarkable vessel is brought out regularly to participate in the Battle of Plattsburgh festivities held each year in September. It also accompanies marching reenactors in Independence Day parades.
The replica took about a year to build. The Saratoga has 27 compartments. It features a central "citadel" type construction. It has an automatic bilge pump with alarm. The ship is built of luann plywood, fiberglassed in and out. Tom tells us on her maiden voyage she floated right at the water line, and is quite stable, having heaved as much as 30 degrees in a strong wind.
Thank you, Tom; for giving us an exceptional look at a truly remarkable and historic vessel!
These photos, all courtesy of Tom LaMar, show the Saratoga at various locations on Lake Champlain. Also included is a broadside about the vessel and a 'blueprint' of the ship's plans.
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