In 1953 the tangled, skeletal remains of a ship were pulled from the small harbor ofPenetanguishene, Ontario. Local historians had hoped to raise the hull of a War of 1812veteran, but the vessel pulled from the depths did not meet the criteria. Identified asH.M. Schooner Tecumseth, the vessel was built just after the War of 1812 had ended.Historical research of Tecumseth and her sister ship Newash, which remained inPenetanguishene harbor, illuminated the ships? shadowy past. Conceived and built afterthe war, the vessels sailed for only two years before being rendered obsolete by theterms of the Rush-Bagot disarmament agreement. Nevertheless, the two vessels offer aunique perspective from which to view the post-war period on the Great Lakes.The schooners? hulls were interpreted and analyzed using archaeological evidence. Atheoretical rigging reconstruction was created, using contemporary texts anddocumentary evidence of the ships themselves. Architectural hull analysis was carriedout to explore the nature of these vessels. From these varied approaches, a conception of Newash and Tecumseth has emerged, revealing ways in which the hulls were designed tofulfill their specific duties. The hulls were sharp, yet had capacious cargo areas. Therigs combined square-rigged and fore-and-aft sails for maximum flexibility. The designsof the hulls and rigging also reflect predominant attitudes of the period, in which navalvessels on the lakes gave way to merchant craft.Taken as a whole, Tecumseth and Newash illustrate how ships, while fluid in the natureof their work, are also singular entities that truly encapsulate a specific point in time andplace.