Chippewa was one of only three fast and well-armed clipper brigs specially designed and built to break the British blockade of American ports during the War of 1812. The construction and outfitting of the ship was done under the direction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who led American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. His battle report is now famous: "We have met the enemy and they are ours . . . .” Image courtesy Donald H. Keith, James Hunter, The Search for Trouvadore 2008, NOAA-OER.