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The Friends Good Will, a tall ship (merchant square topsail sloop) from South Haven, MI, participated in the Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 2, went to Erie, PA and developed engine problems while returning near the islands on Sept. 10. She left the evening of September 14, after some interesting adventures. The full story behind this gallery is at http://www.middlebass.org/friendsgoodwill.htm.

Within an hour after the great guns of the Battle of Lake Erie fell silent, Commodore Perry mentioned her in his now famous dispatch, "We have met the enemy and they are ours: Two Ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop." That sloop was Friends Good Will.
The tall ship (sloop) Friends Good Will in the Battle of Lake Erie on Sept. 2The tall ship (sloop) Friends Good Will in the Battle of Lake ErieThe tall ship Friends Good Will passing Ballast Island under tow on Sept. 10.Testing a new transmission in Schoolhouse Bay on 9/13.Passing Ballast Island at the end of the transmission test.The tires being returned to Put-in-BayIn the Middle Bass Island marina Friday evening 9/13.The Deck and CannonDocked at Middle Bass IslandEarly Sunset (facing east) viewed from the marina while we were there.The marina with the Friends Good Will at its dockThe main cabin below deckFour berths in the main cabin.A wider view of the main cabin, which has 8 berths.The galley of the Friends Good WillFolding a sail at the Middle Bass Island dock.The rigging at the top of the main mastAt 101' sparred length, she is bigger than she looks.The original was a U.S. ship captured by the BritishView forwards from the main deck.