Bicentennial Battle of Lake Erie Pictures and Video
Footage and Images from the Battle
As a sailor on many of America's tall ships, I was delighted and ever-so-fortunate enough to participate in the historic Battle of Lake Erie bicentennial at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, in September 2013. This battle reenactment was the largest in American history, and it faithfully recreated the entire Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred in 1813.
Now that the battle is over, many people are looking for pictures and footage of how the battle went down. Thankfully, I was participating in the battle, and I've got some great bird's-eye shots that I'd love to share with the world.
Scroll through the pictures below and read their captions to read the story of how the battle happened!
Pictures of the Battle Itself (Chronological Order) - Read the captions to read the story!Click thumbnail to view full-size
“We have met the enemy, and they are ours; two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop.”
Prettiest PicturesClick thumbnail to view full-size
As one of the pleasure boaters that viewed the re-enactment, it was pretty cool to see it live. The committee did a good job of trying to recreate an important piece of Ohio history.— Mike, from Cleveland
Videos of the Battle
A video I took from the deck as I watched the Niagara sail off in front of us. "Should we aim for the ships in front of us?" To which we emphatically respond, "YEAH!"
Niagara fires a barrage of four of her most powerful shots -- a view from on deck!
Another on-deck view of a cannon fire.
Another video I took. I missed the first of two consecutive shots but captured the second.
Was the Bicentennial Battle Worth It?
Was the ship battle worth all of the effort?
Do you have pictures or video from this historic event? SEND THEM!!! I would love to publish them! Let's work together to make a great resource for images and footage from the battle. Have a question about the reenactment? I was a crewmember, so I'd love to answer!