Flight of the Royal George
On Nov. 9th, 1812 the USS Oneida and six gunboats under the command of Commodore Isaac Chauncey lay in wait off the False Duck islands in hope of intercepting HMS Royal George. The 22-gun corvette was the largest war ship on the Lake and was commanded by Commodore Hugh Earle of the Provincial Marine.
Chase of the Royal George
The following day, the Royal George was sighted on its way back from Fort George. Chauncey and his squadron gave chase through the Upper Gap. (between Amherst Island and the eastern-tip of Prince Edward County) into the Bay of Quinte.
"About four miles from the Village is the ruin of an old mill - a relic of the U.E. Loyalists - and it is hoped that it will be permitted to stand as a memento of the past. During the war of 1812 cannon frowned from the windows of this old mill.
It was the citizens of [Ernesttown] who first saw the American fleet approaching the shore. The early mroning sun saw the inhabitants very shortly aroused to action. The veterans who, for many years had used the plough and axe anxiously inquired for their old weapons of warfare..."
-Canadian Illustrated News, Sept. 29, 1877-