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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 war was over, peace was holding and she is seen running for home at Penetanguishene, where her remains are found today.
      This purpose-built schooner was launched in 1815 near the Niagara River, served ...
  • 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 the post-war era.
      Built in 1817, for the new upper lakes naval base in Penetanguishene, ...
  • 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 with a damaged main mast. Her crew ran her ashore at Southampton where her wreck was discovered covered in sand.
      Like the Nancy, the last hours of this hard-working ship were not ...
  • 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 hit by an American-installed howitzer shell that penetrated the block house. Nancy caught fire seconds after the shell penetrated the block house.
      The British under Millar Worsley hid Nancy two miles up the Nottawassauga ...
  • 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 up" of the shoreline area and landed boats filled with troops. The land battle was not successful and the Americans withdrew.
      Two years after it was taken an American squadron attempted to remove ...
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  • 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.
      Following the Battle of Lake Erie, the First Nations refugees retreated in ...
  • 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 British had captured the fort in 1812 as one of the first moves of the war. The captured American flag was flown over the ...
      The crew of this American sloop must have been relieved to arrive ...
  • 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 along that inland route and defeated them at the Battle of Moraviantown near present-day Chatham.
      Prior to the war, the Thames River was an active shipping route ...
  • 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 wind and pleasant conditions. While spectators marvelled at the degree of carnage, British prisoners noted the kindness of their American captors.
      September 11, 1813, the day after the battle as the combined squadron ...
  • 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 seen in the foreground.
      Sunset following the Battle of Lake Erie, as all ships bury their ...
  • 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 surrender, with Detroit following suit shortly afterwards. As a tribute to his friend's dying words, you will see Perry's rallying call on the blue flag, "Don't ...
      The view about 3:00, as Niagara is "hove to," pouring carronade rounds ...
  • 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, causing horrendous damage on the British vessels.
      Another view of the climax as the Niagara rakes the two fouled ...
  • 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 p.m., September 10, 1813.
      In his re-flagged command vessel Niagara, Perry executes the classic "crossing of ...
  • 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 Detroit (centre) is in the process of turning downwind herself, but will foul Queen Charlotte as she does so.
      Perry has abandoned the Lawrence and has been taken by rowboat to ...
  • 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 to finally sail on the Lake. With these brigs in deep water, the British lost command of Lake Erie.
      On August 4 and 5, 1813, U. S. brigs Lawrence and Niagara ...
  • 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 extreme left and right. The time is before 2:00 p.m., and the damaged General Hunter drifted out of line shortly after.
      In the early stages of the Battle of Lake Erie, General Hunter ...
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  • 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 8:00 a.m., September 10, 1813, with Gibralter Island just astern of Perry's flagship, the U. S. brig Lawrence.
      The British ships had been sighted at dawn and Perry's vessels were ...
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