FRENCH FIRE RAFTS ATTACKING THE ENGLISH FLEET OFF QUÉBEC, 28 JUNE 1759
By Samuel Scott, 1767
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Only two days after the British force arrived, the French launched a fireship attack in a concerted effort to drive the enemy ships away before they could land the army, but Admiral Saunders was forewarned and prepared. His ships’ boats were manned and the fireships were towed to safety before they could inflict any damage. Wolfe’s troops were soon landed and, after a hazardous operation, in which both Wolfe and the French general the Marquis de Montcalm, died, Québec fell. Within a year Canada was in British hands.