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Crystal Beach in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Capture of the “Somers” and “Ohio”

 
 
Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
1. Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker
Inscription. On the night of August 12, 1814 seventy seamen and marines, led by Captain Alexander T. Dobbs, R.N.,embarked in this vicinity to attempt the capture of three armed U.S. schooners lying off American-held Fort Erie. One of the six boats used had been carried some 25 miles from Queenston, while the others were brought overland from Frenchman's Creek. Masquerading as supply craft, the force boarded and seized the "Somers" and "Ohio," the "Porcupine" alone escaping. Two of the attackers, including their second-in-command, Lieutenant Copleston Radcliffe. R.N., were killed. This daring exploit was the last naval action fought on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812.
 
Erected by Ontario Archeological and Historic Sites Board.
 
Location. 42° 51.952′ N, 79° 3.684′ W. Marker is in Crystal Beach, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of Queen's Circle and Shannon Road South, on the left when traveling south on Queen's Circle. Touch for map. To reach this historical marker proceed south, seven blocks, from the intersection of Provincial Road 1 (Farr Avenue) and Provincial Road 116 (Ridgeway Road), on Provincial Road 116 until you reach the intersection with Shannon Road North. Turn right (west)
Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
2. Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker
View of the historical marker with the community park's landscaping in the background.
onto Shannon Road North and proceed southwest, through three intersections and the next intersection will be with Queen's Circle where the community park with the historical marker is located. Marker is in this post office area: Crystal Beach, Ontario L0S 1B0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Erie (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); Capture of the "Ohio" and "Somers" (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); Fort Erie, Pro Patria Mori Cairn (approx. 11.7 kilometers away); Conestoga Wagon Trek (approx. 13.3 kilometers away); For the Birds (approx. 13.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Restoring Nature (approx. 13.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Bertie Street Ferry Landing (approx. 13.5 kilometers away); Fort Erie Ferry Landings (approx. 13.5 kilometers away).
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
3. Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker
View of the historical marker situated in the community park with the surrounding roadway, Queens Circle, in the background.
Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
4. Capture of the "Somers" and "Ohio" Marker
Distant view of the historical marker situated in the community park, which is located on the traffic island formed by the roadway, Queens Circle. In the foreground is the street sign for the intersection of Queens Circle and Shannon Road South.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   4. submitted on March 14, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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