The battle that followed took place between six British ships with over sixty cannons that had a longer range and nine American ships with fifty four guns that had a shorter range. Perry needed the wind to his back in order to stand a chance in the ensuing battle. After a small battle with Mother Nature, Perry was able to get the wind at his back and the British battle line was finally revealed. The first shot was fired at 11:45am and lasted until 3pm. It was a long battle and at one point Perry faced the idea that he may have to surrender due to the damage caused to his fleet of ships. He decided not to give and took one last plan of action against the British. The British had also suffered terribly and this last attack left the fleet in even worse shape and just after 3pm the last four of the fleets vessels surrendered one at a time and the entire remainder of the British fleet was captured.