Fate of Benedict Arnold-commanded ship in Harrisburg's hands

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 28, 2015 11:48 AM

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This is an undated sketch portrait of Gen. Benedict Arnold by an unknown artist. The American soldier joined the colonial forces during the War of Independence, 1775-83, took part in the unsuccessful siege of Quebec, and ultimately fled to the British lines and lived in England until his death in 1801.

(Harrisburg) -- The city of Harrisburg must decide the fate of a ship once commanded by Benedict Arnold in the Revolutionary War. reports pieces of The Royal Savage, the flagship of Arnold's fleet, have been deteriorating in a Harrisburg warehouse for nearly two decades.

City council members are expected to vote this evening to give the ship's remains to the Navy for restoration. 

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse says former mayor Steve Reed purchased the ship and other pieces in 1996 for $42,500 using taxpayer money. 

At a committee meeting last week, council members seemed eager to send the ship on its way. 

Naval officials say the remains are federal property and the ship should not have been bought or sold at all.

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