USS Niagara

The brig USS Niagara will represent the Navy of the War of 1812.

The Niagara was launched on July 4, 1812, in Erie, Pennsylvania, to defend the Great Lakes.

In the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, the British fleet disabled the flagship of American Captain Oliver Hazard Perry. He transferred to the Niagara, made it his new flagship, and raised his “Don’t Give Up the Ship” banner. He and the Niagara led the Americans to capture the entire British fleet, leading him to report: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” The Navy's complete victory stopped the British invasion of the Midwest. Raised and rebuilt in the 20th Century, the Niagara is the Pennsylvania State Flagship. It is operated by Flagship Niagara League, and will sail from Erie to Philadelphia to participate in the 250th celebrations.

Credit: Both Niagara paintings courtesy of Patrick O'Brien

1813 Battle of Lake Erie

Credit: Naval History & Heritage Command

Perry Transferring to the Niagara