September 10, 1813. Oliver Hazard Perry's nine-vessel fleet at Put-in-Bay spotted a British ship at dawn in the direction of Rattlesnake Island, showing the British fleet. Perry left Put-in-Bay and attempted to sail NW, but the wind did not cooperate and little headway was made in 3 hours. Then, the wind changed 90 degrees and blew from the SE, and headway could be made towards the British. At 1145 the British ship Detroit fired the first shot from 5 miles east of West Sister Island. The battle lasted for hours, and most of the British fire was directed to Perry's ship Lawrence. The Lawrence was rendered useless, with many casualties. Perry transferred to the Niagara. The British lost most of their senior officers, and Commander Barclay was wounded. The lead British ship Queen Charlotte collided with the largest British ship Detroit, becoming entangled. Perry on the Niagara sailed close and delivered the final blow to the British. Some British ships surrendered, and two ran but were caught. The entire flotilla was in American hands. It was one of the rare times in British history that the Royal Navy lost an entire squadron. Source: David Curtis Skaggs and Gerard T. Altoff, A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign 1812-1813 (Annapolis: Naval University Press, 1997), 118-147.