Destruction of the Caroline 1837, The

On the night of December 29-30, 1837, some 60 volunteers acting on the orders of Col. Allan Napier McNab, and commanded by Capt. Andrew Drew, R.N., set out from Chippawa in small boats to capture the American steamer "Caroline". That vessel, which had been supplying William Lyon MacKenzie's rebel forces on Navy Island, was moored at Fort Schlosser, N.Y. There she was boarded by Drew's men, her crew killed or driven ashore, and after an unsuccessful attempt to start the engine, her captors set the ship afire and left her to sink in the Niagara River. This action almost precipitated war between Britain and the United States.


Niagara River Parkway, about 2 km south of Chippawa, opposite Navy Island

Region: Niagara Falls and Region

County/District: Regional Municipality of Niagara

Municipality: City of Niagara Falls