This is a great find! The sterling spoon has embossed in the bowl the Army ship New York. More info below. The spoon is 5 3/16" in length and weighs 14.6 grams of sterling silver. A nice collectors piece.

It was sometime in September of 1776 when the first armed vessel of the United States to carry the name New York slid into the lower reaches of Lake Champlain. She was an odd looking thing, about 50 feet long and 15 feet on the beam, drawing around 5 feet from the waterline to her flat bottom. Though she had a mast that carried a square mainsail and a square topsail, she was essentially an oversized rowboat. She was known in the local vernacular as a gundalow, or gondola.

This New York was not, strictly speaking, a part of the Continental Navy. That branch of the service had been established by the Continental Congress in October 1775. Five months before the gondola New York slid into fresh water, the Continental Navy and Marine Corps had staged their first amphibious landing on the island of New Providence (now known as Nassau in the Bahamas).

But there was no official naval presence on Champlain. The defense of the lake was an Army affair.


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New York Ship Sterling Souvenir Spoon


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