HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The City of Harrisburg is giving up its battleship.
Mayor Eric Papenfuse says he’s turning over the artifacts of the Royal Savage, a ship once commanded by Benedict Arnold in the Revolutionary War, to the U.S. Navy for restoration.
The Royal Savage, a two-masted schooner, was the flagship of Arnold’s fleet. Taken from the British in battle, was run aground on the shore of Lake Champlain, then captured and burned by British troops during the Battle of Valcour.in 1776.
The wreck was recovered in 1934.
Harrisburg has owned the ship for nearly two decades. Former Mayor Stephen Reed purchased it for $42,500 in 1996 and wanted to display it in the National Civil War Museum.
Pieces of the ship’s unburnt hull, however, have been stored in a city-owned garage. The timber – along with silverware, tools and other items recovered from the wreck – were not sold when Harrisburg auctioned thousands of Wild West and other artifacts purchased by Reed.
The Navy is expected to turn it into a traveling exhibit.