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Fort Erie in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Capture of the “Ohio” and “Somers”

Prise des Goelettes “Ohio” et “Somers”

 
 
Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
1. Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Marker
Inscription. On the night of 12 August 1814, as a prelude to a British attack on Fort Erie, an expedition was mounted against three armed American schooners anchored off the fort. Captain Alexander Dobbs, R.N., embarked with 70 seamen and marines in six batteaux which had been portaged from Frenchman's Creek, and by a ruse got close enough to cut the hawsers and board and capture the OHIO and SOMERS. The third vessel, PORCUPINE, escaped. Dobb's victory was the last naval action fought on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812.

Avant d'attaquer le fort Érié, les Britanniques prirent d'assaut trois goélettes américaines armées et ancrées près du fort. Dans la nuit du 12 août 1814, le capitaine Alexander Dobbs, de la Marine royale, embarqua avec 70 matelots et fusiliers marins dans six bateaux amenés du Frenchman's Creek. Usant de ruse, il s'approcha suffisamment des goélettes OHIO et SOMERS pour en couper les amarres, monter à leur bord et s'en emparer, pendant que la troisième, la PORCUPINE, réussissait à s'échapper. C'était la fin des batailles navales sur les Grands Lacs durant la guerre de 1812.
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location. 42° 53.594′ N, 78° 55.42′ W. Marker is in Fort Erie
Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
2. Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Marker
View of the historical marker, affixed to the inner wall, to the left (north) of the fort's main gate.
, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Lakeshore Road south of Dominion Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historic marker is located in Old Fort Erie. In order to see this historic marker one must park your vehicle in the Old Fort Erie Park's parking lot, pay the entrance fee in the park's Visitor Center, walk into the fort through the main gate, and then turn to the right to see where the historical marker is affixed to the inner wall of the fort, just to the right (north) of the front gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 1B6, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Erie (a few steps from this marker); Fort Erie, Pro Patria Mori Cairn (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); "The Best Planned City" (approx. 1.8 kilometers away in the U.S.); Waterfront Sites (approx. 1.8 kilometers away in the U.S.); Dedicated with Respect (approx. 1.9 kilometers away in the U.S.); Oliver Hazard Perry Monument (approx. 2.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); 28th U. S. Infantry (approx. 2.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); In Memory of 100th New York Volunteer Infantry (approx. 2.3 kilometers away in the U.S.). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Erie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Capture of the Somers and Ohio - War of 1812
Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
3. Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Marker
View of the front gate, and the historic markers that are located on either side of the gate, from the interior of Fort Erie.
. This is a link to information provided by a Military History site, sponsored by Norwich University (Submitted on November 1, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Capture of USS Somers and USS Ohio. This is a link to information provided by a site entitled American Wars 101 (Submitted on November 1, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar of 1812
 
Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Site image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
4. Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" Site
View looking out from the outer gate of Old Fort Erie, towards the area on Lake Erie between Buffalo, New York and Fort Erie, where the "Ohio" and "Somers" were captured.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 1, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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