Commodore Robert Haricot Barclay commanded the British Naval Fleet in the lower Great Lakes. Commodore Barclay's base of operations was at Fort Malden in what is now Amherstburg, Ontario. Barclay's loss in the Battle of Lake Erie decisively ended the British naval domination in the area. This gave way to open supply routes to the Americans for the remainder of the War of 1812.
Commodore Barclay lead the heavily armed warship H.M.S. Detroit into battle that bloody September 10th 1813.