Arrow America Gun Boat (AM1422)
This highly detailed wooden model ship kit represents a galley gunboat of the American navy, used during the victorious battle of Lake Champlain, against the British fleet. These vessels were very agile and well armed, utilising both cannon and carronades. They were a very important contributory factor in the war of US independence.
The Battle of Plattsburgh, also known as the Battle of Lake Champlain, ended the final British invasion of the northern states of the United States during the War of 1812. An army under Lieutenant General Sir George Prévost and a naval squadron under Captain George Downie converged on the lakeside town of Plattsburgh, New York, which was defended by New York and Vermont militia and detachments of regular troops of the United States Army, all under the command of Brigadier General Alexander Macomb, and ships commanded by Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough.
Downie’s squadron attacked shortly after dawn on 11 September 1814, but was defeated after a hard fight in which Downie was killed. Prévost then abandoned the attack by land against Macomb’s defences and retreated to Canada, stating that even if Plattsburgh was captured, any British troops there could not be supplied without control of the lake.
The Arrow America Gun Boat kit includes all of the usual very high standard Amati parts; pre-cut keel and frames, wooden and metal fittings, sail cloth, launch ways display stand, detailed plans and instructions.
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