Out of the tribulations of the 1812 war the solid foundations of the close relationship all three nations share was laid.

Lt Cdr Robin Walker RN

In the case of the Scourge and Hamilton, the Griffon sailed out to the site in Canadian waters where a memorial service was held.

The ship’s bell rang 53 times and after each clang a red or white carnation was cast over the side to symbolise blood, sacrifice and remembrance.

“It was a sombre experience to be out on the lake above the ship wrecks remembering those who gave their lives,”

said Lt Cdr Walker, who’s on exchange with the Canadian Experimental Diving Team in Toronto.

“It was also a real honour to represent the RN in commemorative events which led to not only to the establishment of Canada as a nation but also proved the defining moment in history for the relationship between the US and UK.

“Out of the tribulations of the 1812 war the solid foundations of the close relationship all three nations share was laid.”

The wrecks of the American vessels were discovered 40 years ago, lying around 90 metres (295ft) down and as well as being graves for more than 50 souls are also time capsules from the days of sail.

As they’re in fresh water the wrecks lie ‘in state’ in immaculate condition with their guns still run out, muskets still racked on the upper deck, rigging still in place and the boat still on the davit.