National Geographic : 1978 Jul
Nearly pancake flat, the Bass Islands received their name from the smallmouth bass that spawn along their shores. Perry's monument (above) rises over Put-in-Bay on South Bass. Middle Bass and North Bass, the other major islands, lie toward the horizon. The tower marks the harbor where Perry hoisted sail to confront the British on September 10, 1813. His flagship dead in the water from enemy fire, the determined commodore transferred to another and won the day. On friendlier missions, ferries churn between island and mainland (below).