On the night of August 12, 1814, seventy seamen and marines, led by Captain Alexander T. Dobbs, R.N., embarked in this vicinity to attempt the capture of three armed U.S. schooners lying off American-held Fort Erie. One of the six boats used had been carried some 40 km from Queenston, while the others were brought overland from Frenchman's Creek. Masquerading as supply craft, the force boarded and seized the "Somers" and "Ohio", the "Porcupine" alone escaping. Two of the attackers, including their second-in-command, Lieutenant Copleston Radcliffe, R.N., were killed. This daring exploit was the last naval action fought on the Great Lakes during the War of 1812.

Our contact from the Fort Erie, Marine Heritage Group says, "The Ontario Archaeogical and Sites Board, which I understand is long gone, erected a plaque in Queens Circle at Crystal Beach Ontario many years ago, titled Capture of the Somers & Ohio. I have attached a picture of it. When it was erected it was installed about 1/2 mile from Lake Erie's edge and at the time was the best location. However over the last 10 years a new large Waterfront Park was built in Crystal Beach on Lake Erie. Our group has a permanent display out there with a plaque on the S.S Canadiana ( I can forward a picture if required) as well as we will be installing a new plaque at the same Waterfront Park which will be about a ship, LV-82 that was lost with all hands in a storm off of Waterfront Park in 1913. The Somers and Ohio plaque would be a great canditate to move to Waterfront Park also as then it will be seen and as well, closer to where the event happened."

Plaque is now missing

Queen's Circle, Crystal Beach, ON
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by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board

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