We had a lot of fun at the Battle of Lake Champlain bicentennial commemoration at the National Museum of the United States Navy yesterday. Pictured here is NMUSN Curator Jennifer Marland talking at the wreath laying at the end of the day’s events. Naval History & Heritage Command staff member Jeffrey Barta accepted the wreath on behalf of the United States Navy. (NHF Photo by Matthew Eng/Released)

A recap of last saturday’s NHF Annual Membership Meeting. 

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No Shave November has come and gone, sadly. Did you know the U.S. Navy has a long and illustrious history with the practice of growing facial hair? Find out more in today’s NHF blog post.  

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On 10 September 1813, a U.S. Navy squadron under Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British squadron at the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. During the battle, Perry hauled down his “Don’t Give Up The Ship” flag from the badly damaged U.S. Brig Lawrence, boarded a small boat and was rowed over to the undamaged U.S. Brig Niagara. He then proceeded to break the British line and carry the day. Following the battle, he send the famous message “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” The victory secured the waters of Lake Erie for the United States.

Read our publication “Battle of Lake Erie: Building the Fleet in the Wilderness” online here: http://www.navyhistory.org/battle-of-lake-erie-building-the-fleet-in-the-wilderness/

Amateur Builder Completes Detailed Model of U.S. Brig Niagara
We’re always interested to hear about the ship model projects our members and friends are busy working on. We recently heard from NHF member Robert Allen, who has completed a detailed model of U.S. Brig Niagara, from the War of 1812. As we come up on the 200th anniversary of the great American victory in the Battle of Lake Erie, we wanted to share some images of his detailed model, which includes her crew in action fighting the ship. (read more here)

On 24 August 1814, British forces entered Washington DC in one of the most dramatic moments of the War of 1812. Buildings including the White House and Capitol, as well as the Washington Navy Yard, were soon in flames, lighting up the night sky for miles around. Library of Congress LC-USZ62-117176.

On 23 August 1819, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry died of yellow fever at sea, on board the Schooner USS Nonsuch off Trinidad. The hero of the Battle of Lake Erie died on his 34th birthday. He was buried ashore, but his body was later brought home and re-interred in Rhode Island. NHHC image KN-2783.

On 19 August 1812, during the War of 1812, U.S. Frigate Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere. British cannonballs seemed to bounce off Constitution's hull during the battle, leading to her timeless nickname, “Old Ironsides.” This painting by Anton Otto Fischer depicts Guerriere's masts going over the side as Constitution rakes her from ahead. Courtesy Miss Katrina S. Fischer. NHHC image NH 48472-KN.

On 14 August 1813, U.S. Brig Argus was captured by H.M. Brig Pelican during a battle off the coast of Britain. Among the casualties was Commander William Henry Allen, commanding officer of Argus. He was buried by the British in an elaborate full honors funeral at Plymouth, England.

This painting, “Chase of the Constitution, July 1812,” by Anton Otto Fischer, depicts the boats of U.S. Frigate Constitution towing her in a calm, while she was being pursued by a squadron of British warships in the opening month of the War of 1812. After a 3 day chase off New Jersey, Constitution finally escaped the British squadron on 19 July 1812. NHHC image NH 85542-KN.