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11-18-09 Niagara Falls and Toronto Canada Erie Maritime Museum and Trip Home Part 4

We stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania, and toured the Maritime Museum. We enjoyed a tour of the restored Battleship Niagara which played a prominent role in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

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November 7, 2009

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Trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto Canada – Erie PA and Trip Home – Part 4

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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On October 16, we loaded up early and left Canada for Georgia.   There was much to see as we traveled back through New York State, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and North Georgia.   We saw Snow and pretty colorful leaves.

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We stopped in Erie, Pennsylvania, and toured the Maritime Museum.   We enjoyed a tour of the restored

Battleship Niagara which played a prominent role in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.   The

battle is most famous for a saying by the Commander of the American Fleet as quoted in the following:

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“……Perry transferred by boat to the undamaged Niagara, sailed her into close action, broke the British battle line, and forced Barclay to surrender. In the aftermath, Commodore Perry wrote his famous report to General William Henry Harrison: " We have met the enemy and they are ours: two ships, two brigs, one schooner, and one sloop."………….

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"The Battle of Lake Erie"

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Erie, Pennsylvania Maritime Museum – Oconee Group 10-16-09

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BATTLESHIP NIAGARA

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Niagara Battle Ship – Battle of Lake Erie 1812, Erie, PA – 10-16-09

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Battleship Niagara Living Quarters were limited – Billy Jones had to really stoop to see it.

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Battleship Niagara Living Quarters had sleeping hammocks along outside walls.

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Lake Erie

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After leaving Lake Erie, we saw snow in Pennsylvania and saw Santa at a Shopping center.   We did not

stop in Charleston, West Virginia, but the State Capitol and its gold dome was very visible along the

interstate.

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Snow in Pennsylvania on 10-16-09

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Pennsylvania Mall – Santa and Wendell & Betty Dawson -10-16-09

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West Virginia State Capitol at Charleston

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Sarah Beale Fields and Keith Barnett on Bus Trip home -10-16-09

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We arrived back at Bell’s Parking lot at Butler’s Crossing around 8:00 PM on Saturday, October, 16,

2009.   Many of us were met by family and friends.   We were tired but had a very enjoyable and exciting

trip.   We had made a lot of great memories and pictures to show for it!


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