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The Tigress and Scorpion

Tigress and Scorpion

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2009

Tigress and Scorpion

Photo by contributor Rick Mason - Posted June, 2015

Tigress and Scorpion

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The Town of Penetanguishene
Attached to a stone cairn in a park on the west side of
Fox Street south of Broad Street
are two plaques both with the same text


Coordinates: N 44 47.452 W 79 56.032

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Text of Both Plaques

In September, 1814, seamen of the Royal Navy under Lt. Miller Worsley, after a memorable voyage in an open boat from Nottawasaga Bay to Mackinac, aided by soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment commanded by Lts. Armstrong, Bulger, and Radenhurst, captured the United States ships of war TIGRESS and SCORPION. In compliance with the Rush-Bagot agreement these ships were sunk in Penetanguishene Bay.

Related Ontario plaques
Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion"
The Nancy
The Rush-Bagot Agreement

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> Posted September 10, 2014
This week marks the bicentennial of the capture of these ships. The federal and provincial plaques do not mention that these ships were two of three which had attacked Wasaga Beach (Battle of Nottawasaga Bay) just weeks earlier, destroying a blockhouse and leaving the only British warship on the upper lakes, the schooner Nancy, to burn to the waterline. The man in charge of the Nancy, Miller Worsley, escaped the US attack with most of his men, regrouped, and avenged her loss with this surprising and daring capture. It's the kind of comeuppance normally reserved for a blockbuster film.
At around the same time, 200 years ago, the British had recently burned Washington, and were laying siege to Baltimore's Fort McHenry, an anniversary being marked with great fanfare this week at that national monument. The celebration centers on a poem inspired by a flag, written by a prisoner of war aboard another British ship. More than a century later, The Star Spangled Banner would become the US national anthem. Canadian Ship Athabaskan is scheduled to join some 31 other vessels in marking this milestone anniversary. -Wayne




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