At 8:25 a.m. we boarded our boat and by 8:30 a.m. we left the harbor en-route to Put-in-Bay.
At 9 a.m. we arrived at Put-in-Bay and from what I read, most people either walk the downtown area or rent a golf cart to get around the island.
|This was our tour cart|
We decided to drive around downtown to check out the shops and then around the city square park first to get our bearing.Then, we opened our cell phones to get a map of the area and drove along all home routes to check out the cottages, houses and a mansion on the island and also see the vineyards on the island. I'm having trouble getting my two videos to upload, so I'll add those when I figure it out.
Here are a few other photos of the island on our drive.
As I mentioned earlier, Put-in-Bay and Lake Erie was site of a naval battle during the War of 1812. On September 10, 1813, Master Commandant, Oliver Hazard Perry scrawled "We have met the enemy and they are ours..." on the back of an envelope and sent them to Gen. William Henry Harrison (who later became President of the United States) at the end of a dramatic naval battle on Lake Erie. Throughout the summer, the US Navy's Lake Erie squadron, anchored at Put-in-Bay, effectively cut of British supplies heading to the Detroit River valley. Because of this, the British were at a cross roads: either retreat and abandon their Indian allies or strike from their own naval base. They chose to attack. For the US, it was their first fleet action and it didn't start out well. Perry hoisted his battle flag to the flagship's main truck that crudely inscribed the words on the navy blue banner, "DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP". It was the dying last words of Captain James Lawrence, who was killed on June 1, 1813. Perry's ship, the US Brig Lawrence (named after his friend) became so disabled after only two hours fighting and Perry boarded the Niagara with flag in hand to resume fighting. Within 15 minutes, he forced a British surrender making Oliver Perry a national hero. The surrender enabled Harrison's forced to invade Upper Canada and defeat the allied forces of Great Britain and the Indian confederacy led by Tecumseh.
The Visitor Center had a nice, simple display as well as an informative movie to watch.
|Peace Quilt in the Movie Room|
Once we finished here, we walked back toward downtown passing an appropriate sign that read, "May Peace Prevail On Earth" and grabbed a bite to eat at a cute little shop called Dairy Isle and looking at all the cute flowers and fun local sites before returning to the boat at 12:30 p.m. to return to Port Clinton.
We loved walking back down the Boardwalk and the scenery on the way back to Port Clinton.
|Behind is one of many outdoor cafes on the island.|