Ferry service schedules will play an important role in the April 20
launch ceremonies at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, for the 2013 Perry’s Victory
and International Peace Memorial quarter dollar.
The community of Put-in-Bay is located on South Bass Island in
In announcing preliminary details Feb. 6 for the ceremonies,
Blanca Alvarez Stransky, superintendent of the National Park Service
site, said the National Park Service is working with the two ferry
service companies — Jet Express (www.jet-express.com/) and
Miller Boat Line (www.millerferry.com/) — that
will shuttle passengers and/or their vehicles to the ceremony site on
South Bass Island. Stransky said the ceremony was scheduled at 11:30
a.m. Eastern Time to accommodate the ferry services’ schedules.
Jet Express carries passengers from Port Clinton, Ohio. Miller
Boat Line transports both passengers and their vehicles from its
location at the end of Catawba Island peninsula in Port Clinton. Both
companies charge separate, one-way fees. Check the individual websites
for details and directions.
The 11:30 a.m. ceremony, weather permitting, is being scheduled to
be staged on the lower plaza of the memorial. The memorial was closed
to permit restoration and an ongoing investigation of structural
damage first discovered when a 500-pound piece of granite fell from
the observation deck in June 2006.
The memorial reopened to the public July 3, 2012.
Should weather be inclement, Stransky said, the coin launch
ceremony will be moved indoors to the Niagara Event Center, 71 Concord
Ave., in Put-in-Bay.
Ferry schedules will also play a role in the coin collectors forum
to be held April 19 at the Perry’s Victory and International Peace
Memorial Visitor Center, 93 Delaware Ave., in Put-in-Bay.
Stransky said Feb. 6 that the forum will likely be held sometime
in the afternoon, since the ferries will not be running evening hours.
An announcement will be made once a time for the forum is established,
Stransky said a bank has not been selected yet whose personnel
will handle the coin exchange after the April 20 launch ceremony, in
which cash can be exchanged for $10 rolls of the new
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was established
to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War
of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain,
Canada and the United States. The memorial, a Doric column rising 352
feet over Lake Erie, is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended
border in the world.
U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, aboard the flagship
Niagara, won the first U.S. Navy fleet action during the war and
captured an entire British squadron.
The memorial bears the name of Master Commandant Oliver Hazard
Perry. Six naval officers (three American and three British) slain
during the battle are buried under its rotunda. It was first
established as a national site on March 3, 1919 (40 Stat. 1322).
The reverse of the quarter dollar depicts a statue of Perry with
the Peace Memorial located in the distance. The design was created and
sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II.
The quarter dollar was scheduled to be released into general
circulation through the Federal Reserve April 1, the same day the U.S.
Mint will make circulation-quality examples of the coins in bags and
rolls available to collectors at numismatic premiums above face value.
The coin is the second quarter dollar of 2013 and the 17th overall
in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. ■