A plaque from the Ontario Heritage Trust in Kingston, in Ontario, recognizes the Rush Bagot Agreement (44-13`48`N 76-27`59`W / 44.229894 N 76.466292 N 76.466292-W / 44.29894; -76.4662922). A commemorative plaque is also located on the former site of the British envoy in Washington, D.C., D.C. (38-54`13.N 77-3`8.4`W / 38.903806 N 77.05233-W / 38.903806; -77.052333), where the agreement was negotiated. A monument is also located on the site of the Old Fort Niagara (43-15`N 79-03`49`W / 43.263347 N 79.063719 W / 43.263347; -79.063719), reliefs of Rush and Bagot, as well as the words of the treaty.  With regard to the size of these vessels, it was found that all over one hundred tonnes weigh the limit set by the agreement. The transition from wood to steel in the middle of the last century, as well as other factors, helped to render this part of the agreement obsolete. To our knowledge, the Canadian government has not objected to the presence of more than 100 tonnes of loads of more than 100 tonnes on the Great Lakes, and there would be no tendency to question Canada`s maintenance of vessels similar to those we operate. It seems that the practice of our Department of the Navy has for many years been to deploy only “unclassified” vessels on the Great Lakes that have long survived their usefulness in modern warfare and have a design of no more than fourteen feet. I understand that these vessels are of no use other than basic training for naval reserves. Mr.
Hull considered it desirable to pursue this policy, which went beyond the objectives of the 1817 agreement, but was so clearly in line with the current temperament of public opinion. He`s informing the Navy Department. Agreement rush-bagot concluded in 1817. U.S. Secretary of State James Monroe proposed to british Foreign Minister Lord Castlereagh in 1816 that the two countries agree to limit naval armament to one ship on Ontario lakes and Champlain and 2 to Upper Lakes. Thus, 1817 notes were exchanged between the current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Rush, and Sir Charles Bagot, the British minister in Washington. Mr. Bagot met informally with Foreign Affairs Minister James Monroe and finally reached an agreement with his successor, Current Minister Richard Rush. The agreement limited military navigation on the Great Lakes to one or two ships per country on each sea. The U.S. Senate ratified the agreement on April 28, 1818.
The British government felt that an exchange of diplomatic letters between Rush and Bagot was sufficient to make the agreement effective. The origins of the Rush Bagot Treaty can be attributed to correspondence between US Secretary of State Richard Rush and British Minister in Washington Sir Charles Bagot, which was exchanged and signed on 27 and 28 April 1817. After the terms of Rush and Bagot`s notes were agreed, the Rush Bagot agreement was informally recognized by both countries. On April 16, 1818, it was introduced to the U.S. Senate and formally ratified on April 16, 1818. The treaty eventually resulted in the Washington Treaty in 1871, which concluded disarmament. In 1946, the United States and Canada agreed, through an exchange of diplomatic notes, that the deployment of naval ships for training purposes was authorized, provided that each government was informed in advance.  Although the treaty was a difficult place during the First World War, its conditions were not changed.