Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
U.S. Navy War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration
Great Lakes Cruise: Toledo Visit, August 23-27, 2012
The Navy plans to send three ships into the Great Lakes during the late Summer
2012, to commemorate its part in the War of 1812. Assigned to this mission are a frigate,
USS DE WERT, and two Cyclone class patrol craft, USS TEMPEST and USS
MONSOON. Frigates are about 450 feet long, and carry a crew of about 200 officers and
men. Cyclone class patrol ships are about 180 feet long, and carry a crew of about 28.
TEMPEST and MONSOON are specially refitted to support special forces operations.
On their tour of the Lakes, the three naval vessels will be joined by a Coast Guard
cutter, not yet designated, and possibly by the NIAGARA. Canada has also been invited
to provide a vessel. If they do participate, the latter two vessels might not visit all of the
ports on the tour.
The ports to be visited are Milwaukee and Chicago in mid-August, then Toledo,
Cleveland, Detroit, and Buffalo, in that order. The Toledo visit is scheduled for August
23-27, a Thursday through Monday.
Most of the ships visiting Toledo will be moored on the downtown Maumee
riverfront, the DE WERT in the ship channel off International Park but accessible from
shore via a "breasting barge" across which visitors will walk. All ships will be open for