Over the Canada Day long weekend several Tall Ships were in Hamilton and Port Dalhousie in celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. These ships have been touring the great lakes as part of the ongoing celebrations. One of the big draws for me to the event was the Brig Niagara, a replica of the USS Niagara from which Oliver Hazard Perry won the battle of Lake Erie in September of 1813. So I braved the heat of the day, and the crowds and went to go see the ships! One thing that struck me, is how small these ships actually were that once prowled the Great Lakes during the war giving fire. It made the arrival of the HMS St. Lawrence in 1814 seem all the more powerful.