Detroit Boat Show also features Great Lakes naval history

Feb 20, 2013

The American fleet of nine vessels, commanded by Oliver H. Perry, was outgunned by the British heading into The Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show runs now through Sunday at Cobo Center. The expo showcases everything from power boats to pontoons, and even a little Great Lakes history. This year is the bicentennial of the epic Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred during the War of 1812.

Tall ships of the British and United States navies clashed in September of 1813.  The Americans won this crucial battle, which may be best-remembered for the famous message delivered by Commodore Oliver Perry:  “We have met the enemy, and he is ours…”

This September, the Lake Erie Heritage Foundation plans a reenactment of the historic battle.  The Foundation is on hand at the Detroit boat show with relics and recreations of the Battle of Lake Erie, and
WKAR’s Peter Whorf speaks with event producer Craig Sambroski.