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HMS Tecumseth Rolling Home

This purpose-built schooner was launched in 1815 near the Niagara River, served in Lake Erie for two years, then was transferred to Lake Huron. The ...

HMS Tecumseth Rolling Home
Schooner Bee in a Squall

Built in 1817, for the new upper lakes naval base in Penetanguishene, the Bee was one of the smaller, less labour intensive vessels that were used in ...

Schooner Bee in a Squall
Final Hours of the General Hunter

Like the Nancy, the last hours of this hard-working ship were not pleasant as she tried to claw her way off the Lake Huron shore in 1816, worn out ...

Final Hours of the General Hunter
Last Stand of the Nancy

The British under Millar Worsley hid Nancy two miles up the Nottawassauga River, but the American squadron still discovered her and attacked. She was ...

Last Stand of the Nancy
American attack on Mackinac, 1814

Two years after it was taken an American squadron attempted to remove the British from Fort Mackinac. The navy participated in a classic "softening ...

American attack on Mackinac, 1814
Sinclair expedition

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Sinclair expedition
Retreat along the Thames

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Retreat along the Thames
Retreat Along Lake St. Clair shoreline

Following the Battle of Lake Erie, the First Nations refugees retreated in advance of the American invasion of the British forts and settlements.

Retreat Along Lake St. Clair shoreline
Arrival at Fort Mackinac

The crew of this American sloop must have been relieved to arrive at Fort Mackinac after their Lake Michigan voyage. Little did they know that the ...

Arrival at Fort Mackinac
Early Thames River Shipping

Prior to the war, the Thames River was an active shipping route for goods moving inland. During the war, the Americans pursued the British forces ...

Early Thames River Shipping
Return Of The Victors

September 11, 1813, the day after the battle as the combined squadron of 15 American ships and captured British return to Put-in-Bay in a westerly ...

Return Of The Victors
Farewell to the Fallen

Sunset following the Battle of Lake Erie, as all ships bury their dead at sea and begin repairs at anchor. The badly damaged U. S. brig Lawrence is ...

Farewell to the Fallen
Closing Moments

The view about 3:00, as Niagara is "hove to," pouring carronade rounds into the enemy. Queen Charlotte is seen lowering her white ensign in ...

Closing Moments
Niagara Strikes Back

Another view of the climax as the Niagara rakes the two fouled British ships at close range. Each carronade on the American ship was double-shotted, ...

Niagara Strikes Back
Perry breaks the line

In his re-flagged command vessel Niagara, Perry executes the classic "crossing of the 'T'" in the climax of the Battle of Lake Erie at about 2:45 ...

Perry breaks the line
Battle Of Lake Erie from the British Line

Perry has abandoned the Lawrence and has been taken by rowboat to assume command of the fresh brig Niagara, which is beginning to turn downwind. HMS ...

Battle Of Lake Erie from the British Line
Cameling Effort at Presque Isle

On August 4 and 5, 1813, U. S. brigs Lawrence and Niagara are lifted over the sandbar, with the aid of sinkable bags, called "camels," allowing them ...

Cameling Effort at Presque Isle
General Hunter In Battle

In the early stages of the Battle of Lake Erie, General Hunter was stationed between the larger Queen Charlotte and the Detroit, shown here on the ...

General Hunter In Battle
Prelude To Battle

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Prelude To Battle
Perry's Fleet, 1813

The British ships had been sighted at dawn and Perry's vessels were ordered underway soon after. The American squadron emerged from Put-in-Bay, about ...

Perry's Fleet, 1813
Dawn at British squadron, September 10, 1813

Barclay's squadron had worked to windward of the Americans throughout the night, but by dawn they were hove to ready for battle. As the morning wore ...

Dawn at British squadron, September 10,  1813
Night Before Battle

The American squadron at anchor in Put-in-Bay, off South Bass Island, September 9, 1813, at about 9:30 p.m., based on the angle and location of the ...

Night Before Battle
Expedition To Fort Meigs

Late morning, April 23, 1813, the British squadron led by General Hunter (foreground) and other smaller vessels, like Miamis and Nancy, set out to ...

Expedition To Fort Meigs
Lake Erie Patrol, 1812

The British squadron comprising the topsail schooner Lady Prevost, the brig General Hunter, and the corvette Queen Charlotte in company on a ...

Lake Erie Patrol, 1812
American Invasion of Sandwich

The small hamlet of Sandwich later grew into the City of Windsor, but at this time following defeat on Lake Erie and the subsequent retreat of the ...

American Invasion of Sandwich
Return of Grant's Body

One of the many ironies of the war was the return of the remains of Col. Alexander Grant, an impressively influential British military leader who ...

Return of Grant's Body
Bombardment Of Fort Detroit

Queen Charlotte and General Hunter bombard Detroit from the River. The American land forces soon capitulated.

Bombardment Of Fort Detroit
Queen Charlotte off River Canard

In the first foray against the British early in the war, Fort Malden was weakly defended. At this time, the actions of the flagship Queen Charlotte ...

Queen Charlotte off River Canard
Dawn Arrival, 1812

The morning return of Britain's Lake Erie squadron in the first pat of the war. The current is quite heavy through this lower stretch of the Detroit ...

Dawn Arrival, 1812
Downriver despatches, 1812

Early in the war, British control of the Detroit River enabled important exchanges between allied combatants. A fast canoe was clearly the best way ...

Downriver despatches, 1812
Little Belt Off Fort Malden

In its wartime shift as a British naval sloop, Little Belt takes a patrol up the Detroit River past the British fort. The small ship later tried to ...

Little Belt Off Fort Malden
General Brock aboard Queen Charlotte off Kingsville

June 14, 1812, off present-day Kingsville on Lake Erie. Brock, with 100 redcoats aboard HMS Queen Charlotte, hurries toward Amherstburg in advance ...

General Brock aboard Queen Charlotte off Kingsville
Fort Mackinac, 1812

Early in the war, the British captured Fort Mackinac and took control of the Upper Lakes.

Fort Mackinac, 1812
Capture Of The Cuyahoga

In this opening shot of the war on the Upper Lakes, a British boat crew demand the surrender of the supply schooner, Cuyahoga Packet, carting ...

Capture Of The Cuyahoga
HMS Nancy Off Moy Hall, 1812

Windsor, Ontario's modern street names pay tribute to this early wharf site on the upper Detroit River; McIntosh's mansion, called "Moy Hall, became ...

HMS Nancy Off Moy Hall, 1812
Nancy on the Detroit River

Nancy was but on the U. S. side of the river, just downstream of the palisaded town of Detroit, seen behind her in this painting. With the ...

Nancy on the Detroit River
Winter at Put-In-Bay, 1813

The schooner Tigress visits the captured ships quartered in the Bay. The ships had been built with three masts each but only a single mast survived a ...

Winter at Put-In-Bay, 1813
Winter at Fort Niagara, 1812

The well-known "French Castle" (but 1726) got a rude makeover during this period of its history when her steep French roof was removed to make a high ...

Winter at Fort Niagara, 1812
Exit the Survivors

After three days of frantic repairs following the September 28 battle, the British squadron is seen leaving Burlington Bay. No American pursuit on ...

Exit the Survivors
Sandwich Waterfront, 1801

A British revenue cutter makes a passage past the Huron Church and village of Sandwich. The ambassador Bridge now spans this location on the Detroit ...

Sandwich Waterfront, 1801
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