PERRY MEETS AND ATTACKS THE ENEMY.
Having sailed on the 4th in quest of the enemy, and not finding him, Perry returned on the 8th, took in some reinforcements, and sailed again on the 12th; on the 15th he anchored in the hay of Sandusky. After receiving some further reinforcements here, he again set sail in quest of the enemy, aud after cruising off Maiden, he retired to Put-in-Bay. His fleet consisted of the brig Lawrence, his flag vessel, of twenty guns; the Niagara, of twenty; the Caledonia, of three; the schooner Ariel, of four; the Scorpion, of two; the Somers, of two guns and two swivels; the sloop Trippe, aud schooners Tigress and Porcupine, of one gun each; amounting in all to nine vessels, fifty-four guns, and two swivels. The British had three vessels less than the Americans, but their superior size, and the number of their guns, counterbalanced this advantage.*
On the morning of the 10th of September, our commander discovered the enemy bearing down upon him, and immediately prepared to fight.
Of the contest, Perry's own account is submitted:
"United States schooner Ariel, Put-in-Bay, \ 13th September, 1813. J
"At sunrise on the morning of the 10th, the enemy's vessels were discovered from Put-in-Bay, where I lay at anchor with the squadron under my command.
""We got under weigh, the wind light at S. W". and stood for them. At 10, A. M. the wind hauled to S. E. and brought us to windward; formed the line and brought up. At fifteen minutes before twelve, the enemy commenced firing; at five minutes before twelve, the action commenced on our part. Einding their fire very destructive, owing to their long guns, and it being mostly directed to the Lawrence, I made sail, and directed the other vessels to follow, for the purpose of closing with the enemy. Every brace and bow line being shot away, she became unmanageable, notwithstanding the great exertions of the sailing master.
"In this situation she sustained the action upward of two hours, within canister shot distance, until every gun was rendered useless, and a greater part of the crew either killed or wounded. Finding she could no longer annoy the enemy, I left her in charge of Lieutenant Yarnall, who, I was convinced, from the bravery already displayed by him, would do what would comport with the honor of the flag.