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WATER CANTEEN C 1812

 

 

The Bath Museum features a number of items relating to the War of 1812, such as this Water Canteen. Rescued by divers in the waters of Lake Ontario, this is a local artefact found right here in town at the end of Davy Street.

 

A water canteen was considered a valuable personal item to soldiers so it is not uncommon to find identification marks on it. This one has the initials x and jw carved into the side, but we don’t know who he was. A standard issue item associated with warfare, we can only image the many mouths that sipped the contents of this vessel to quench their thirst.

 

There is pitting of the metal bands but that is to be expected due to years of being submerged in deep waters. Symbolizing the dark days of war, this treasure, certainly reflects our Canadian History and is on display at the museum.