Water Battle Re-enactment of French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY July 24th, 2011
This is the third year that Graeme and I have traveled to Ogdensburg, NY to photograph the various re-enactments. Our Previous postings of these events can be found at:
July 2009 – Plains of Abraham re-enactment
July 2010 – 250th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars. (WATER BATTLE)
July 2010 – 250th anniversary of the French and Indian Wars. (LAND BATTLE)
On previous occasions we had traveled to Ogdensburg for the Saturday events. For 2011, we decided to do the Sunday event. As in the previous year’s blog, the photos of the 2011 event will be uploaded as two blog entries, one focused on the water battle and the other focused on the land battle. This blog entry covers the water battle re-enactment. You will find the land battle photos, etc. here: Land Battle Re-Enactment of the French and Indian War at Ogdensburg, NY – July 24th, 2011
Many of the participants in these re-enactments sleep out overnight in their basic white tents and cook their meals over open wood fires. It’s part of the true-to-history aspect and part of the fun and adventure although not far from the amenities of civilization.
Of course, the food tastes great, but there is always the pot calling the kettle black issue and the clean-up that ensues.
In the real war, keeping the musket operational was extremely important. In fact, it could be a matter of life and death. In the modern day re-enactments, care of the weaponry is still very important since few would want to risk dying of embarrassment if their old flintlock fails to ignite the black powder.
While I was wandering about the tent area, the boats and their crew had made their way out into the bay in preparation for a bit of on-the-water combat.
It was time to haul anchor and get the re-enactment underway.