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The US Brig Niagara, or Flagship Niagara was part of the Great Lakes fleet during the War of 1812 and became the relief flagship of Admiral Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, when nine small vessels defeated a British squadron to regain Detroit. She was sunk for preservation in 1820 and raised in 1913, when she was rebuilt as the US Brig Niagara for the 100th anniversary of the battle.
Niagara was a two-masted square-rigged vessel, manned by a crew of 155. She carried 18 carronades and two long guns. She is shown here under full sail, including royals and main foremast staysail.
In 1988 the Niagara was reconstructed for a third time, for the 175th anniversary of the battle. She is berthed at the Erie Maritime Museum and now sails as a training ship.
This original pencil drawing by Elaine Jones was made with Faber Castell watercolour pencils and Prismacolor Premier pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper.
Image measures approximately 14.5" x 11.5".
My thanks to Rodney Campbell at pmp-art.com for the wonderful reference photograph.