Longboat Log

About This Blog

This blog was the creation of the 2016 Historic Rowing Crew at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. During the week they portrayed 1812 sailors, demonstrated maritime skills, and rowed the longboat around the island. Then on weekends they demonstrated how muskets from the War of 1812 work along with demonstrating how to fire the Park's Carronade. With all of that they found time to write a blog about there experience so some aspect of Battle of Lake Erie or Maritime History.

The Ships that Battled for Lake Erie: What Happened to Them? Part 2: The United States Navy

January 18, 2017 Posted by: Katherine Stone

Few know about the vessels that carried these men into battle and even fewer know of the ships’ fates in the years that followed. This post takes a cursory glance at each ship, how they came to sail on Lake Erie, and their destinies during and after the War of 1812.


A Brief History of the Bayonet

January 04, 2017 Posted by: Rebecca Walton

The bayonet transformed the musket from a medium to long range weapon into one effective at close range as well. There was no longer a need for pikemen to defend musketeers in battle because one soldier could defend himself against an enemy less than 100 yards away.


Childhood Games

December 21, 2016 Posted by: Angela Izzo

Being a reenactor from the Battle of Lake Erie from the War of 1812 we talk to all walks of life, a major group is children. What do children love to do more than anything in the world? The answer is play games of course, and a great teaching technique. In our collections we have critical thinking, catching, counting, physical, and real life skills games for children of all ages. Like they do today, they helped children 200 years ago grow into skilled adults.


Life on a ship

October 16, 2016 Posted by: Angela Izzo

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: we the interpreters would dress up in out 1812 “navy uniform” and discus the Battle of Lake Erie, the Muskets, and the different uniforms that people wore who fought in the war. The one thing that really struck with me while doing this was realizing the hardship people had to face while on those ships. The two groups of people that had it the worst were the young boys and the female tars- women disguised at men.


The Ships that Battled for Lake Erie: What Happened to Them? Part 1: The Royal Navy

September 17, 2016 Posted by: Katherine Stone

The Ships that Battled for Lake Erie: What Happened to Them? Part 1: The Royal Navy


The Use of Music

August 28, 2016 Posted by: Angela Izzo

When I first started work at PEVI, my boss told me there were some musical instruments in the back room. I jumped on them.


Perry's Victory, Internship, Black Powder, & a Longboat

August 15, 2016 Posted by: Carl Suding

Ranger Carl's experience working for the National Park Service.


Last updated: August 15, 2016

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