Soldiers in UK's Scottish unit plan 340-mile US canoe trip

  • In this July 28, 2016 photo provided by the British Ministry of Defense, Pvt. Ryan O’Malley, foreground, and Color Sgt. Jim Gould of the Royal Regiment of Scotland paddle a canoe at the Pinkston Water Sports Complex in Glasgow, Scotland. Starting Aug. 30, 2016, they and 14 others plan to travel from Montreal to New York City by canoe, along lakes and rivers where their military forbearers fought and died during two 18th century wars. (Mark Owen/Ministry of Defense via AP)

    In this July 28, 2016 photo provided by the British Ministry of Defense, Pvt. Ryan O’Malley, foreground, and Color Sgt. Jim Gould of the Royal Regiment of Scotland paddle a canoe at the Pinkston Water Sports Complex in Glasgow, Scotland. Starting Aug. 30, 2016, they and 14 others plan to travel from Montreal to New York City by canoe, along lakes and rivers where their military forbearers fought and died during two 18th century wars. (Mark Owen/Ministry of Defense via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 8/21/2016 10:59 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Members of the British army's Scottish regiment plan to travel from Montreal to New York City by canoe, paddling along lakes and rivers where their military forbearers fought and died during two 18th century wars.

Sixteen soldiers in the Royal Regiment of Scotland are scheduled to leave the Canadian city on Aug. 30 and travel south via the Richelieu River, Lake Champlain, Lake George and the Hudson River. They plan to arrive in Manhattan on Sept. 10, in time for ceremonies marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 

Along the way they'll stop at historic sites where Scottish soldiers serving with the British fought during the American Revolution and the French and Indian War.

The officer leading the expedition says the 340-mile journey will be part training exercise and part history lesson.

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