Traitor in the Shipyard is a Historical Character Mystery that is part of Caroline's books.


From the Central Series


Chapter By Chapter Summary

Chapter One: A Stranger Arrives

Chapter Two: Mr. Osborne's Tale

Chapter Three: Trouble at the Shipyard

Chapter Four: Suspicions

Chapter Five: Stolen!

Chapter Six: A Disturbing Message

Chapter Seven: Mysterious Sightings

Chapter Eight: Friends and Enemies

Chapter Nine: A Mighty Secret

Chapter Ten: A Dangerous Discovery

Chapter Eleven: A Desperate Race

Chapter Twelve: Betrayed by a Friend

Chapter Thirteen: Confronting a Spy

Chapter Fourteen: Cause for Celebration

Looking Back

Discusses the role of spies during the War of 1812. Topics covered:

  • Sackets Harbor and the Lake Ontario region as pivotal battlegrounds during the War of 1812
  • War efforts between the American and British navies, including intelligence-gathering
  • The USS General Pike and the British navy's attempt to destroy it with barrels of gunpowder
  • Techniques spies used to gather intelligence, from committing mail theft to the use of ciphers to encode and pass along information
  • The role of women as spies during the War in 1812 and the lighter punishment women received if they were caught compared to men
  • Spies and people who chose to double-cross their country as an act of treason
  • Laura Secord, an American-born woman who learned about the Americans' plan for a surprise attack on the British and warned Lieutenant James FitzGibbon, leading to a British victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams (now present-day Thorold, Ontario)
  • Samuel Stacy, an American trader who betrayed Sackets Harbor to the British that led to the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor[1] and was arrested for treason
  • Fugitive slaves who fought for the British side in a bid to live free lives and not be forced back into slavery
  • Free blacks who fought for the Americans - escaped slaves who fought on the American side risked the danger of being enslaved again
  • The presence of black sailors around Sackets Harbor and in the American navy during the War of 1812


  1. The President’s Power to Detain "Enemy Combatants": Modern Lessons From Mr. Madison's Forgotten War, pg. 18. The capture of Samuel Stacy on July 1, 1813 as a spy and traitor came just over a month after the British landed troops, attacked, and nearly captured Sackets Harbor on May 29. The Second Battle of Sackets Harbor occurred from May 28 to May 29, 1813.
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