Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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"The Burlington Races" 1813

The Burlington Races 1813

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2004

The Burlington Races 1813

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the north side of York Boulevard
400 m west of the Dundurn Castle parking lot

Coordinates: N 43 16.411 W 79 53.228


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Plaque Text

On the morning of September 28, 1813, a powerfully-armed United States fleet comprising ten ships under the command of Commodore Isaac Chauncey appeared off York (Toronto). The smaller British fleet of six vessels, commanded by Commodore Sir James L. Yeo, was in the harbour, but on the approach of the enemy set sail to attack. After a sharp engagement, the British squadron was forced to withdraw toward Burlington Bay where it could take refuge under the batteries on the adjacent heights. A close chase ensued, but by skilful seamanship, Yeo was able to bring his ships through the shallow channel in the sand-bar to the safety of this bay.

Related Ontario plaque
Sir James Lucas Yeo 1782-1818


War of 1812

Hamilton Plaques

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