The observation gallery offers a panoramic view of western Lake Erie. South Bass Island on which the monument stands, is the second largest of the American islands. You can usually see Middle Bass Island, North Bass Island, Johnson's Island, Kelley's Island, Pelee Island in Canada, and the Ohio mainland of Catawba Point and Marblehead Peninsula. On a real clear day you can see as far as Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland.
View from on top of the monument in QuickTime format.
Did You Know?
The phrase emblazoned on Perry’s flag, “Dont give up the ship” were not Perry’s words, but the dying utterance of U.S. Captain James Lawrence. Lawrence, a good friend of Perry, was killed commanding the U.S.S. Chesapeake in an action with the British ship H.M.S. Shannon on June 1, 1813.