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Museum gets journal of Revolutionary War sailor

NEWPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A manuscript detailing a New York man’s experiences as a teenage prisoner of the British during the Revolutionary War has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution.

Curators at the Philadelphia museum say Rhode Island native Christopher Hawkins was 13 when he was captured in 1777 while serving aboard an American ship. He later escaped from one of England’s infamous prison ships moored in New York Harbor.

After the war, he was the first settler of the town of Newport in New York’s Mohawk Valley.

In 1834, at age 70, he wrote down his wartime experiences in a journal. The manuscript stayed in his family and was rediscovered about 20 years ago in a descendant’s home in Kansas City, Missouri.

The family recently traveled to Philadelphia to donate the journal to the museum.

Small plane crashes into lake near airport

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A small plane has crashed into a lake near a New Jersey airport, injuring the pilot, who freed himself and swam away before a police rowboat plucked him from the water.

Authorities say the pilot was alone in the single-engine plane when it went down shortly before noon Monday near the small Aeroflex-Andover Airport in Sussex County. The plane ended up in the state’s deepest natural lake, Lake Aeroflex, in Newton.

Authorities say the pilot was taking off from the airport when the crash occurred. The pilot was has been hospitalized, but his name and details on his injuries haven’t been disclosed.

The airport is in Kittatinny Valley State Park and is owned by the state’s Forest Fire Service.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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