Re-creation of Arnold's expedition to Quebec is topic June 20

Jun 01, 2018
Courtesy of: Kenny Wing A 400-bateau, similar to the one used by Benedict Arnold's party in their mission to take Quebec during the Revolution, is launched during a re-creation of that voyage in fall 2017.

Rockland — Hodding Carter and Rob Stevens will speak at the Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St., June 20 from 6 to 7 p.m., telling the story of their re-creation, along with several others, of Benedict Arnold's mission to take Quebec during the American Revolution.

Arnold was appointed by Gen. George Washington to command an expedition to capture Quebec. He marched and poled through the Maine wilderness with 700 men to attack the well-fortified city. The campaign was hailed as a remarkable feat of woodsmanship and endurance, despite its failure.

Last fall, a band of Maine-based adventurers decided to retrace Benedict Arnold's 1775 campaign to take Quebec City from the British in a 400-pound, traditionally built bateau.

Stevens is a former apprentice (1981-1983), who, since leaving the Apprenticeshop, has been involved with building and repairing a variety of wooden boats. He has worked on projects like the Viking ship Snorri and two of the Boston Tea Party ships, Eleanor and Beaver.

Carter has spent his adult life writing about both the outdoors and history. He has published his work in national magazines, such as Esquire and Outside Magazine, and has written several books. He has successfully retraced a number of historic expeditions previous to this one, including the Lewis and Clark expedition and Leif Eriksson's voyage from Greenland to Newfoundland.

Admission is free; donations accepted. For more informaiton, call 594-1800.

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