The Lost Radeau
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The dramatic story of the sinking, discovery, and underwater archaeological study of the 1758 Land Tortoise radeau warship, flagship of "The Sunken Fleet of 1758"
Lost for over two centuries, the 1758 Land Tortoise radeau
shipwreck lay hidden and undisturbed in the dark depths of
a cold mountain lake in present day New York state. Then
232 years later, the floating gun battery was found by
curious explorers using state-of-the-art side scan sonar.
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Intact and lying in 107 ft. of water in Lake George, New York,
the one-of-a-kind British and provincial warship is a well
preserved icon of the French and Indian War.
Without funding to support their work, find out how sport divers and underwater archaeologists joined together to complete an archaeological study of the unique warship and help develop management strategies to preserve and protect The Lost Radeau shipwreck.
Take a journey into the depths of Lake George
and explore one of North America’s most unique,
but little known colonial treasures—the 52 ft.
long Land Tortoise radeau, a National
| Bow of the Land Tortoise
"This vessel is intact. In fact, it's
really one of the few remaining
military structures made of wood
that’s intact of this era. This is like
an original floating fort. A radeau.
Completely intact. But this is an
American ship. It was built by
American shipwrights and has
every right to make a claim as
The Oldest Intact Warship in
Dr. Russell Bellico
Historian and Author