Commanding a View of Lake Erie in South Bass Island, Ohio
South Bass Island, reachable in twenty minutes by ferry from Catawba Point in Northeastern Ohio, is rich in naval history. Towering 352 feet above the two-by-four-mile island, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is the world's largest Doric column and offers a spectacular bird’s eye view of the lake from the top. The memorial commemorates Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie—the same battle that made famous his saying, "We have met the enemy and they are ours." Commodore Perry’s inferior fleet defeated the British and gave the Americans control of Lake Erie, which ultimately led to the defeat of the British during the largely forgotten War of 1812. The memorial also celebrates the lasting peace between the USA and Canada.