Help Save the Spitfire

"The attack and defeat of the American fleet under Benedict Arnold, by the Kings fleet commanded by Captn. Thos. Pringle, upon Lake Champlain, the 11th of October, 1776," William Faden, detail, showing the position of the American and British naval forces at the start of the battle of Valcour Island. (Library of Congress)

Our article about Edward Wigglesworth’s diary has brought a lot of attention to the Spitfire gunboat, a well-preserved Revolutionary War warship that is in danger of destruction by ecological changes. Readers of the journal have asked how they can help. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is on the case, and while there are no guarantees of what will become of the Spitfire, donations to the museum are the best way to contribute to preservation efforts. Learn about the museum here:

or write to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, Vermont 05491.

It is gratifying to see that Time Magazine picked up the story of the Spitfire and the Wigglesworth diary:

Let’s hope that an important artifact of the American Revolution can be saved.

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