Lost on Halloween in 1780, the British Brig-Sloop Ontario became known as the Holy Grail of Great Lakes shipwrecks. Now, after 228 years, this legendary warship from the American Revolution has been discovered deep in Lake Ontario.
In the War of 1812 the British successfully attacked Fort Niagara in the middle of winter. They retained the American garrison flag as a war trophy.
The Buffalo Yacht Club was founded in 1861 and had 5 previous headquarters before the present location was identified at the foot of Porter Avenue in Buffalo.
In 1913, U.S. Brig Niagara-- the flagship of Oliver Hazard Perry in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie--was reconstructed with the original keel and a few timbers and towed to larger cities from Chicago to Buffalo.
Designed by Frank Kirby and built at the Buffalo Dry Dock Company on Ganson Street, the coal-fired steamship Canadiana was one of the "Crystal Beach boats."
The idea of a bridge joining Canada and the United States between Buffalo and Fort Erie was discussed as early as 1853.
Constructed in 1873 under Canadian auspices, the International Bridge was to connect the Grand Trunk Railway system of Canada to the American railway system and provide new markets for Canadian goods.
Ferry service between the Buffalo and Fort Erie banks of the Niagara River dates back to 1796. Many settlers crossed into Canada from Buffalo via ferry.