Battle of Lake Erie - Brig Niagara
WANTS "OLD SALTS" FOR THE Green Hay, June 7.—“Old salts whose service on the gr«iat lakes or oceans dates back to the days of lofty masts and square riggings are want ed by the Navy department. Notices have been sent to recruiting stations to discover and “enlist” any such old seamen tound. Not that tl are netted for service on the modern dreadnaughts, but men of their exper lence must be obtained to man thf Niagara, which achieved fume in th< battle of l^uke Erie. Sept. 10, 1813 The Niagara, after nearly a century’s century’s rest at the bottom of Misery Bay, has been raised and will be restored restored to be used in the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the battle of l^ake Erie. The Hid Seamen Needed. When the boat raised and the committee committee in charge of the celebration looked about for sailors to man th« brig it was found that the old school of sailors had disappeared. The secretary secretary of the Navy was appealed to, and lie has started a search for a few men who know the t«*chuical detulls required to sail a vessel of the Niagara Niagara type. The Niagara will be brought to Green Bay as a feature in the celebra tion of the battle of Ijike Erie, which will be a preliminary to observation of the 1(H) years of peace with Great Britain. The Niagara was used as the flagship flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, then a master commander, after after he and his crew had b<*en forced to desert the Lawrence. For many years after the close of the ward of 1812 the ship was kept in commission, being condemned in 1825. and sink lng in Misery Hay a few weeks later. Old MKterj Suited, The mysterious sluggishness of tin Niagara, which nearly caused Captain Pery and his men to lose their lives during the battle, was explained when the boat was raised. It wa sfound that in launching the boat had carried away a long bolt, which was embedded embedded in the timber*. It Is believed that a collection of w«**d form.-d around this bolt, causing the ship to move slowly.