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Free for Members! Historical Talk – “A Magnificent Defeat: The Battle of Lake Borgne, 1814” – Sun., Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

Join us as we welcome Samantha Cavell, Assistant Professor in Military History at Southeastern Louisiana University, who will share some insight into the Battle of Lake Borgne — the naval precursor to the Battle of New Orleans.

The Battle of Lake Borgne is a largely forgotten piece of the story of the Battle of New Orleans. This naval engagement — which took place on Dec. 14, 1814 —was not only an essential precursor to the action at Chalmette, it was also crucial to Jackson’s victory on Jan. 8. 

This small-boat battle highlights both the masterful strategy of the Royal Navy and the dogged bravery of the U.S. Naval officers and men who stood against them despite overwhelming odds. 

This event will take place at the Maritime Museum’s Event Room and is free for LPBMM members. Non-members are $5. Light refreshments will be served. Call the Museum to purchase tickets/reserve your seat today! (985) 845-9200.

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Looking for a unique, nautical-themed gift? Stop on by and start checking names off your list!


“Bringing Louisiana’s Maritime History to Life,” is the driving mission of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, the LPB Maritime Museum takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana.

The museum brings Louisiana’s maritime history to life through unique interpretive programs, exhibits, and publications. These programs include the time honored craft of boat building, hands-on field trips, constructing underwater robots, restoration of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, and other exciting educational opportunities for people of all ages. Don’t forget to visit in October during the Wooden Boat Festival, the premier annual event on the Tchefuncte River featuring over 100 wooden and classic boats!

From canoes to pirogues, from bateaux to steamboats, Louisiana’s unique maritime history and culture has it all. Native Americans, European explorers, and early settlers depended upon Louisiana’s extensive bayous, rivers, and lakes as the pathways of survival, linking the interior with the sea. These waterways represented the connections among people, the connections of life.

We welcome you to participate in the variety of unique programs and activities offered, created to highlight what makes Louisiana’s maritime family great! We also offer our facility and beautiful dock on the Tchefuncte River for your next event. Start your discovery of the history and culture of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin with us!

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