The Battle of Lake Erie was a pivotal moment during the War of 1812. Under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry, the entire British naval squadron surrendered, a first in history. Not bad for a young officer and fairly new Navy.
During the conflict, Perry’s first ship, the U.S. Brig Lawrence was heavily damaged. Perry’s crew rowed him across the water in the midst of battle so Perry could commandeer from the deck of the sistership, the U.S. Brig Niagara.
On August 29th- September 2, 18 Tall Ships from around the world, which include the U.S. Niagara, will meet in the waters off Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island during the The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration.
The weekend promises to be eventful and educational. In addition to the Tall Ship Re-enactment and Reenactment Village which will feature historical demonstrations and crafts, visitors will have the opportunity to tour of the U.S. Niagara, sail abroad the Tall Ship Windy, see the Ohio State Marching Band and listen to concerts in the park.
You may join the celebration as a spectator, or take your participation a step further and enlist in the battle by standing in place of one of the original crew or as part of the militia.
Getting to the Island:
Miller Boat Line operates passenger and vehicle ferries to South Bass (Put-in-Bay) and Middle Bass Islands from Catawba Island. Miller Boat Line is the sole vehicle ferry service and offers the lowest transportation fares as well as free day and overnight parking for passengers who leave their vehicle on the mainland.
Getting Around the Island:
Once you get off the ferry, you can purchase a $2 ride on a shuttle, rent a bike or golf cart, or walk less than 2 miles to downtown Put-in-Bay.
Don’t Miss these Attractions:
No visit to the island would be complete without a visit to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and Perry’s Cave, which was discovered by Perry. It was from the small lake inside the cave that his crew found fresh water to drink.
For more information on the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial or the island of Put-in-Bay, please visit www.millerferry.com.
Have you seen the Tall Ships? Do you plan to attend any of the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration events?
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