10 September, 1813
Art of Paul Deacon
was a fierce and bloody naval battle that occurred when
America set out to end the threat of a British seaborne
invasion on its left flank by seizing control of Lake Erie.
British controlled both the lake and Detroit, the major
city on it, so to counter the dominant Royal Navy, Washington
built 10 ships in a protected river and launched them at
by Oliver Hazard Perry,
the Americans clashed with six British vessels at Put-In-Bay.
more numerous than the British, under Captain Robert Barclay,
the Americans had fewer cannons and the fight was heavy
of the first losses was Perry's flagship, the USS Lawrence,
which was crippled and surrendered, but the commander had
already transferred to the USS Niagara.
the next three hours, the British lost all their ships and
suffered almost 180 killed and wounded - half their men.
The Americans lost 123 men.
The effect of the battle of Lake Erie was to force Britain
to pull its troops out of Detroit and withdraw to Canada.