Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site

The Hamilton and Scourge were initially named the Diana and the Lord Nelson respectively, before the War of 1812. They were not large specialized war vessels; instead, they were simple merchant ships that were pressed into service for the American Navy just prior to the War of 1812.

Long before the sinking of the Titanic, the Hamilton and the Scourge, capsized in Lake Ontario in 1813. Today, these unique shipwrecks are the only complete 1812 warships in the world and rest under 300 feet of water. Using first-hand accounts and sonar technology, these wrecks have been found and investigated.

Visit the wrecks, learn about underwater archaeology, and step back in time to the War of 1812


c/o Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
900 Woodward Avenue
Hamilton, ON L8H 7N2

Project Coordinator:
Michael McAllister
Phone:  905-546-4797
Fax:  905-546-4798


Plan Your Visit

For more information about the Hamilton & Scourge National Historic Site, please visit their website. 

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The Passport Places network is made possible through valued partnerships with Canadian heritage organizations, site operators and owners.

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Partner Organization: City of Hamilton

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