In a talk entitled “Troubled Waters: French Acadian Naval Privateers in the Gulf of Maine during King Williams War,” historian Ken Hamilton of Corinth will discuss the highly successful French naval actions off the Maine coast over eight years beginning in 1689. The talk is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at Wiscasset Middle High School, 272 Gardiner Road.
The sailing skill and fighting tenacity of the French Acadian ship commanders, along with their knowledge of our waters, severely diminished the ability of Boston merchants to respond effectively. The privateers, or corsairs (from course, or route), continually pounded English merchant ships and harassed New England fishing vessels in a “merchant war.”
Hamilton is a blacksmith and internationally known colonial craft reproduction artist. He has been a Colonial era Native American and French living history interpreter since 1985 and has been an interpreter of a British soldier in His Majesty's 10th Regiment of Foot. He has written about French trade knives and trade axes and has researched 17th and 18th century material culture – the objects, resources and spaces people use to define their culture.
The talk concludes Lincoln County Historical Association’s and Old Fort Western’s first part of a three-part series commemorating Maine’s bicentennial. The second and third parts will take place in May and September. Suggested donation for the lecture is $5. Refreshments will be served.