In this special Culture Days virtual talk, local historian, David Smith UE, will be sharing the narrative surrounding the Flight of the Royal George. The Royal George, built in Kingston in 1809, was Ontario’s 96 foot long flagship for the Provincial Marines. During November 1812, the Royal George was pursued by a fleet of American ships through the St. Lawrence and the shorelines of what is now known as Loyalist Township.
David has been involved in building re-enacting living history events in the Eastern Ontario Region for over twenty years.
During the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 he served as a Director of the Provincial Planning Committee bringing to life Skirmishes at Gananoque, Iroquois, Hoople’s Creek and marquee event, The Flight of the Royal George. In 2009, he hosted the largest Loyalist Landing ever at the 225th UELAC conference in Adolphustown. He has served as a Heritage Preservation Director at the 1796 Fairfield Gutzeit House and the UEL Heritage Centre & Park for over twenty years. Most recently he is serving as Vice Chair of the Loyalist Parkway Association and the Heritage Representative on the County of Lennox & Addington Economic Development Board. He is Vice President of the Bay of Quinte branch of the UELAC.
Please join in us in sharing some of the stories of our past. This live webinar will be recorded.