Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: September1980 and May 2016
Rosie and I rode a ferry boat to this island to see this National Memorial that was once designated a National Monument. The memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Great Britain, Canada, and the USA. The battle took place near Ohio’s South Bass Island in which Commodore Oliver Perry led the USA fleet to victory. The monument column is 352 feet high (the world’s tallest Doric column) was completed in 1915 and is 47 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. The observation deck gives quite a view. The memorial is situated just five miles from the longest undefended border in the world. Rosie and I then continued on the ferry and tent camped on Kelly’s Island. In 1913, this memorial was selected to be on Ohio’s “America the Beautiful” quarters series. The second time I saw the memorial it was from a distance only. It was in 2016, I was with a group on a charter boat fishing for walleye and we fished just off the island, so I saw the memorial again.