P.O.R.T. S. Committee:
Front: Co-chairman Debbie Hymore-Tester, Dave Mehl, Kate Bauer, Co-chairman Bill VanDerGiessen, Dave Sorg
Back: Ed Verkin, Don Clemons, Bill Yuhaz, Bill Moon, John Schaffner, Jim Hansen
The P.O.R.T.S. Committee (People Organizing the Return of the Tall Ships) announces events for Port Clinton’s Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial, marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie and the gallant victory won by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry of the American Navy.
In September of 1813, during the War of 1812, Commodore Perry and his crew of 557 patriots prevailed over the British fleet in an epic battle near Put-in-Bay. Two hundred years later, we come together to celebrate Perry's victory, our nation's sovereignty and the enduring peace between nations.
This will be one of the largest celebrations in the history of Lake Erie and the Western Basin. Port Clinton will be hosting two Tall Ships, the Pathfinder and Playfair. The public will have the rare opportunity to view or board these ships for three days, along with re-enactors, storytellers, cannon demonstrations, vendors at the Waterworks Park, as well as performances by the Ohio State Marching Band and, just confirmed, a performance by the United States Navy Band.
All the festivities will take place in conjunction with the popular Knight of Columbus Peach, Perch, Polka and Pierogi Festival in downtown Port Clinton.