British soldiers are nearing the end of a 340-mile canoe expedition that started out in Montreal and will end in New York City.
Sixteen soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland left Quebec in eight canoes on August 30, heading south along a route that took them down Lake Champlain and Lake George to the upper Hudson River.
They made stops at such historic sites as Crown Point, Ticonderoga, Fort Edward and Saratoga to visit places where Scottish regiments fought during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
The Scots plan to arrive in Yonkers where they will receive a New York Police Department marine unit escort for the final paddle to the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Manhattan's West Side.
Speaking to the Scotsman newspaper Major Scotty Menzies, the officer leading the expedition described the trip as part training exercise, part history lesson. He said: "It's a way we can take a soldier from a known environment and expose him to the unknown, take them out of their comfort zone, and educate them on the history of the regiment."