Harrisburg turns over historic ship remains to U.S. Navy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A historic ship and symbol of deception was returned to the U.S. Navy by the City of Harrisburg Wednesday.

The Royal Savage was the flagship of Benedict Arnold’s fleet before he became a traitor.

Former Mayor Steve Reed purchased parts of the shipwreck in 1995 for $42,000.

They had been stored in a damp city warehouse.

Mayor Eric Papenfuse said Arnold and Reed shared similar qualities.

“I think to many in Harrisburg waking up and finding a City on the verge of bankruptcy, finding millions and millions of dollars in funds sort of expended and wasted was akin to the sense of betrayal which Americans felt in 1780 with Benedict Arnold,” said Papenfuse, D-Harrisburg.

Military buttons recently found revealed that Marines from central Pennsylvania’s First Battalion were aboard the Royal Savage.

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