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Amherstburg Navy Yard

Amherstburg Navy Yard

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Amherstburg Navy Yard

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Amherstburg Navy Yard

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Amherstburg Navy Yard

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Amherstburg Navy Yard

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Amherstburg Navy Yard

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The Town of Amherstburg
In a park on Dalhousie Street near Rankin Avenue


Coordinates: N 42 06.209 W 83 06.844

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Plaque Text

A Navy Yard was built here in 1796 to replace Detroit as the base and supply depot for the Provincial Marine on Lakes Erie and Huron. In 1812 the GENERAL HUNTER and QUEEN CHARLOTTE, built here, took part in the capture of Detroit. The next year, his supply lines cut, Robert Barclay's poorly equipped fleet, including the DETROIT, was defeated by Oliver Perry, U.S.N., in the battle of Lake Erie. This reverse led the British to burn the Navy Yard on 22 September, 1813, before withdrawing from Amherstburg.

Pro Patria Plaque Text

In memory of Captain R.A. Finnis, Lieutenant John Garland and seamen of the Royal Navy and Provincial Marine and Lieutenant John Garden and soldiers of the Royal Newfoundland and 41st Regiments, who were killed in action, and their comrades who served on these lakes in defence of Canada in 1812-1814.

The Commissariat Office Plaque Text

The office for the Commissariat Department was built in 1831 near the government wharf and storehouse. Commissary officials purchased from local contractors the flour, beef, straw and firewood used by the troops. They also managed Fort Malden's finances, including the soldiers' pay which was issued daily from this office.

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The Capture of Detroit

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