After the embarrassing victories of Brock, the Americans realized a renewed effort on the Great Lakes was required. On August 13, 1812, Captain Isaac Chauncey was given command of the American naval forces on Lakes Erie and Ontario. On his arrival at Oswego, Chauncey ordered Lt. Woolsey to gather some merchant schooners for the new squadron. Chauncey also recruited many additional seamen and ship builders from the New York navy-yard; among these recruits was Ned Myers, a later survivor of the sinking of the Hamilton and Scourge. When the squadron was finally assembled, the Lord Nelson, renamed the Scourge, and the Diana, renamed the Hamilton, were among the vessels under Chaunceys command. Preparations were then made for an attack on Kingston harbour.