The Battle of Lake Erie

The Battle of Lake Erie (HMP7Y)

Location: Amherstburg, ON N9V 1W4 Essex County
Country: Canada
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N 42° 6.205', W 83° 6.844'

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In September 1813 the British squadron under R. Barclay sailed from Amherstburg to collect desperately needed food supplies. They were met by the larger, more heavily armed American squadron commanded by O. Perry. The British had the initial advantage of the wind and used their long range guns to disable the American flag ship LAWRENCE.

With his own ship crippled, Perry was rowed to the NIAGARA which had held back from the fighting. With the wind now to his advantage, Perry bore down on the British line, pouring a murderous broadside into the enemy ships from his more powerful but shorter range carronades.

The DETROIT and QUEEN CHARLOTTE were disabled and their officers, killed or wounded. The two vessels became entangled and unable to manoeuvre. The Americans raked the British ships with cannon fire until they surrendered. The entire British squadron was captured leaving the Americans in command of Lake Erie for the duration of the War.
HM NumberHMP7Y
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - War of 1812 series
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 7:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 325197 N 4663421
Decimal Degrees42.10341667, -83.11406667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 6.205', W 83° 6.844'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 6' 12.30" N, 83° 6' 50.64" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg ON N9V 1W4, CA
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