The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Daily Advertiser (Detroit, MI), 28 Sep 1839

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BARQUE DETROIT - The gale having kept many of our lake craft in port, the opportunity was taken of the circumstance to summon several of the masters to sit in judgement of the barque Detroit. She was condemned yesterday. Just after the verdict of condemnation was rendered, Capt. Wilkeson, of the Com. Perry, a gallant, true-hearted sailor, and who also distinguished himself in the last war, recalled to the remembrance of those present, the fact that just 26 years before to a day, and almost to a minute, the vessel they had condemned, hauled down the British ensign and surrendered to Perry in the battle of Lake Erie. The Detroit was one of the British squadron, and for many years after that battle was sunk. Some two or three years since she was raised, refitted as a merchantman, and though carrying in her timbers many messages sent the 10th of September, 1813, has done good service. Her condemnation on the anniversary of that day is a curious coincidence.

Buffalo Com.

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This vessel was built at Amherstburg, Ont., in 1813, and figured prominently in the "Battle of Lake Erie," at Put-in-Bay. Captured as a prize, she was later allowed to sink in Misery Bay.
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28 Sep 1839
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Daily Advertiser (Detroit, MI), 28 Sep 1839