Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
U.S. Brig Niagara
A 200 Year Story
Saving the Day
During the famous naval Battle of Erie, Perry's ship Lawrence led the charge into the British fleet that controlled the lake. After Lawrence was disabled by enemy fire, Perry and four men of his crew rowed through a hail of cannon and musket fire to Niagara. Niagara, along with several other American ships, regrouped, engaged the British ships, and forced them to surrender. The decisive win was a key turning point in the war.
Oliver Hazard Perry
Perry supervised the building of the American fleet in Erie Harbor and commanded the fleet during the Battle of Lake Erie. His famous words; "We have met the enemy and they are ours ..." were written in a dispatch to General William Henry Harrison on the outcome of the battle.
Overall (Sparred) Length - 198 feet
Hull Length at Load Water Line - 110 feet, 8 inches
Width at Widest Point - 32 feet
Draft - 10 feet, 6 inches
Mast Heights (above water line)
Foremast - 113 feet, 4 inches
Armament - 18 /32 Pound Carronades, 2 /12 Pound Long Guns
Crew - 155 Officers and Men
Today, a preproduction of Niagara can be seen in and sails out of Erie Harbor. The replica ship still contains some timbers salvaged from the original 1813 ship.
1991 - Niagara sails!
1990 - Sea trials.
1988 - Launch of the hull of the third rebuild of Niagara
1963 - Masts and rigging are added to Niagara's hull for the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie.
1943 - Niagara's hull is launched and then installed in a concrete cradle on shore.
1933 - Second reconstruction begins, and stalls for lack of funds.
1913 - Niagara's hull is raised; she is rebuilt for the Centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie, and tours the Great Lakes.
1820 - Niagara is scuttled in Misery Bay.
1817 - Niagara is disarmed under the Rush-Bagot Treaty.
1813 - Niagara is built and is key to Perry's victory in the Battle of Lake Erie.
War of 1812
Niagara has been present along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail in some form for 200 years.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 42° 8.334′ N, 80° 5.49′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Dobbins Landing north of West Dobbins Landing, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 State Street, Erie PA 16507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Perry 200 Commemoration (here, next to this marker); Alexis de Tocqueville (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort de la Presqu'ile (within shouting distance of this marker); Dobbins Landing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Daniel Dobbins (about 500 feet away); Freshwater Fishing Capital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Making of the Flag "Don't Give Up The Ship" (approx. ¼ mile away); Flagship Niagara (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.