The Navy Club of Lake Ontario (NCLO), Ship 1812, Inc. is a chartered sub-section of the Navy Club of the United States of America (NCUSA). NCUSA is a non-profit 501(c) sea service veterans organization whose basic mission is to share comradeship among members, revere departed shipmates and veterans, promote interest in the United States Naval Services and maintain allegiance to the United States, its Constitution and laws. Membership in the Navy Club of USA is open to active duty and veterans of the U. S. Navy, U. S. Marine Corps, U. S. Coast Guard and U. S. Merchant Marine. Associate memberships are open to active duty and veterans of the U. S. Army and U. S. Air Force. NCUSA also has an Auxiliary component open to spouses and other civilians interested in supporting the Navy Club.
Established on 18 June, 1938 in Quincy, IL, the NCUSA established a Constitution and By-Laws which govern this unique and colorful group and speaks the language of the men who go down to the sea in ships. The Ship’s number “1812” was chosen in recognition of the Lake Ontario / Lake Erie area’s involvement and prominence in the War of 1812. The Navy Club of Lake Ontario, Ship 1812 was commissioned by NCUSA on 14 March, 1992.