Crossing the modern bridge into another time and place. Graeme was driving so, of course, that meant that I could be taking pictures :-). We were crossing this bridge over the St. Lawrence River and only a few minutes later stepped back 250 years into the Battle of the Thousand Islands re-enactment at Ogdensburg, NY.
Ogdensburg Founder’s Day Reenactment 2010 – Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration, Fort de la Présentation, Ogdensburg, New York State (Water battle re-enactment)
July 17th, 2010 – Traveled across the St. Lawrence River to Ogdensburg, NY in the United States to watch the Battle of the Thousand Islands 250th Anniversary Commemoration re-enactment activities at Fort de la Présentation site in Ogdensburg, New York. Amazing number of tents and re-enactors were present in full costume and gear depicting this period of warfare in the 1760’s known as the French and Indian War.
Due to the large number of photos, I’ve broken posting of this event into two parts. A water battle re-enactment in this post and then the photos of the land battle re-enactment in the next post.
Participants in these re-enactments often go to great pains (and personal expense) to ensure that their costumes and their vessels reflect the period of the battle. Then, as with any boating event, there is the need to ensure that the necessary safety precautions have been taken and the rigging is in good repair.
For some a bit of comfort is tolerated :-).
For others, the wooden seats are all that the captain ordered.
From Wiki: The French and Indian War is the common U.S. name for the war between Great Britain and France in North America from 1754 to 1763. In 1756 the war erupted into the world-wide conflict known as the Seven Years’ War and thus came to be regarded as the North American theater of that war. In Canada, it is usually just referred to as the Seven Years’ War, although French speakers in Quebec often call it La guerre de la Conquête (“The War of Conquest”). In Europe, there is no specific name for the North American part of the war. The name refers to the two main enemies of the British colonists: the Royal French forces and the various Native American forces allied with them.
The water conflicts included various forms of armament including small bore portable cannons, muskets and boarding pistols.