Commodore Perry wins battle, again

Thousands watch re-enactment of Battle of Lake Erie.
Ariel Shuey
Sep 3, 2013

 

With the rockets red glare, as bombs burst through the air, the battle begun.

It’s one thing to read about the War of 1812, but it’s another to see the Battle of Lake Erie fought right before your very eyes.

“(The battle) was awesome. It was way better than what I was expecting,” said Karen Hoover, of Port Clinton.

“I never would have thought I would be actually so close to the battle… it was a very cool experience,” she said.

Hoover and her family joined Jessica Wagner, of Galion, Ohio, and floated out toward the battle. The result landed the two families as close as one can to a floating tall ship.    “We were able to get pretty close to the ships out on the water,” Wagner said. “We got hundreds of awesome pictures.”

Halfway through the battle, the sound of cannons could be heard in every direction and thick black smoke surrounded most of the ships.

See photos of the battle between the American and British vessels

See aerials of the Tall Ships and spectator boats in Lake Erie

The tall ships came to Lake Erie from all around the country, and all around the world. More than 15 ships participated in the re-enactment, representing both the American and the British navies.

“One of the ships had all the flags from the 13 colonies. That was my favorite,” Wagner said.

One tall ship, by the name of Solandet, came to Lake Erie from Norway and stands as one of the country’s oldest tall ships still in prime condition. “They were all beautiful,” Hoover said

The re-enactment ended much like the actual battle ended, with war hero Oliver Perry climbing aboard the Niagara ship. Ordering the last cannon shot, spectators watched and cheered as the British Navy lowered its flag in surrender.

“They did an amazing job. (The battle) was very authentic. I was very impressed. It definitely gives you an appreciation for history,” Wagner said.