The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Queen Charlotte (Brig), 1 Sep 1844


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LAST OF THE FLEET.---The brig QUEEN CHARLOTTE, Capt. Barclay's Flag-ship in the great contest with Perry, for the supremacy of the lakes, has at length given up the ghost and become a prey to dry rot and the elements. During the past two seasons, she has lost caste by being ignobly employed in the stave and timber trade, until her owners, deeming her no longer sea-worthy, have yeilded her up entirely to decay. She now lies, dismasted, ---"a mere hulk"---no longer the van of the fleet, but a mouldering trophy of a glorious victory.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Friday, September 27, 1844

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      BARCLAY'S FLAG SHIP. --- Last week we alluded to the fate of the QUEEN CHARLOTTE and accredited her as being Com. Barclay's Flag-ship in the engagement with Perry. Historical fact requires a correction of this. The Ship DETROIT was the British Flag-ship on that day. This vessel after being raised from Presque Isle Bay was in commission on the lakes some time, and finally condemned in this port on the 10th. of September, 1839 and subsequently sent over the Falls. Capt. Finnis, a gallant officer, commanded the QUEEN CHARLOTTE, and fell during the engagement. His remains, together with those of Lieut. Brooks, and Midshipman Laur (?) of the LAWRENCE and Lieut. Stokes of the QUEEN CHARLOTTE, and Garland of the DETROIT, were all interred in a common grave, the day after the battle, in a lonely place on the margin of the lake, a few paces from the shore. "The seamen who fell in the conflict found a hasty burial in the lake."
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      Thursday, October 3, 1844

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decaying hulk
Date of Original:
1844
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McN.E.3472
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
William R. McNeil
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Queen Charlotte (Brig), 1 Sep 1844