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As part of the annual Commodore Perry Birthday Celebration both the US Brig Niagara and the Pride of Baltimore II will be in port at Put-in-Bay August 20 and 21, 2022. Both vessels will offer deck tours Saturday from noon until 5pm. Mark your calendars and plan your visit now for this rare opportunity to see both of these impressive ships up close.
During the Perry Birthday Celebration weekend, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will be offering special ranger programs, including living history and musket and carronade firing demonstrations.
Our thanks to the captains and crews of the ships, Flagship Niagara League, Pride of Baltimore, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Star-spangled Banner National Historic Trail, Island Transportation and the Duggan family, and the Village of Put-in-Bay for making this visit possible.
The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a faithful reconstruction of Oliver Hazard Perry’s relief flagship during the Battle of Lake Erie. An embodiment of the dual mission of the Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara League, she serves as the centerpiece exhibit of the Erie Maritime Museum as well as a sail training vessel, part of an experiential learning program to preserve the art of historic square-rig seamanship.
Perhaps the original vessel’s most pivotal hour came on September 10, 1813 at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. At the battle’s climax, Oliver Hazard Perry transferred from his original flagship Lawrence to Niagara, raised his battle flag emblazoned with the words “Don’t Give Up the Ship”, and ordered the brig for “close action” – severing the British line and leading to the enemy’s unconditional surrender. Victory at Put-In-Bay opened up Lake Erie to the Americans and eventually led to the regaining of Detroit which fell at the war’s onset and lifted a nation’s morale.
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