Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 16
Table Glass from the Wreck of the Machault
by Paul McNally
The frigate Machault was the flagship of a small French relief
fleet en route to Montreal in the spring of 1760 with munitions and
supplies. The fleet took shelter in the mouth of the Restigouche River
at the head of Chaleur Bay on learning that a British fleet had preceded
it up the St. Lawrence. A group of British ships sought out the French
with the result that in July the Machault. along with several
other ships, was blown up with most of its cargo on board
to prevent its capture (Beattie 1968).
Walter Zacharchuk of the National Historic Parks and Sites Branch
conducted the underwater excavation of the wreck. This report deals with
the table glass recovered during the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons.