Scouts take to the seas in friendly battle

A Lorain Sea Scout fires a water gun at Bay Sea Scouts aboard the Intrepid in a reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie. Photo by Paul Burik

Around 200 years ago on Sept. 10, 1813, there was a naval battle on Lake Erie just off Put-in-Bay, the United States Navy against the British Royal Navy. The Americans had nine vessels, and after a fierce battle, they defeated the six British vessels. This battle promised control of Lake Erie for the rest of the War of 1812.

On a recent Sunday in August, Bay Sea Scouts, in a 44-foot Navy yawl sailing out of Spitzer Lakeside Marina, had a reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie. Bay's "Intrepid" crew fought against Lorain Sea Scouts in their 32-foot sailboat “Bananas,” which sails out of the Lorain Sailing and Yacht Club.

The "war," using super soakers, was waged to the west of the Lorain lighthouse. We really had a fun time spraying water at each other. At the end the British won but that’s OK.

Sea Scouting is a co-ed youth boating program; for more information contact,

Zak Hamil

I am a sophmore at Bay High School and a member of the marching band and stage band. I am a member of Ship 41 and BSA Troop 235. I volunteer at LENSC and participate in the Project Wildlife program.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 8:59 AM, 09.15.2015