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Richard Somers, Master Commandant, U.S. Navy (1778- 1804)
Congress passed a resolution of sympathy for the relatives of Somers and his men. A monument to the memory of Somers and his brave companions was created in Italy and shipped back to the US in crates aboard Constitution. The monument, known as the Tripoli monument, was first erected at the Washington Navy Yard, where it remained until after the British Raid on Washington in 1814. It now stands on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and is the oldest monument commemorating combat in the United States.
There is currently a movement to have Somers and his men, who are currently buried in Tripoli, repatriated to the United States. (John Paul Jones, who was buried in France, was returned to the U.S. and is now buried at Annapolis.) Former Congressman and ambassador to Panama, William Hughes, is spearheading this effort. The current thaw in relations with Libya give an opportunity that hopefully will not be lost.
Thanks to CDR Tyrone Martin (USN RET), and Bill Kelly, (Author of the book "300 years at the point") for their contribution to this section.
|245k||Drawing showing the lines of the Brigs-of-War USS Somers and USS Bainbridge, 1842.||Robert Hurst|
|156k||Drawing showing the inboard details and deck plan of the Brigs-of-War USS Somers and USS Bainbridge, 1842.||Robert Hurst|
|136k||Sail plan of the Brig-of-War USS Somers.||Robert Hurst|
|125k||Colored sketch of USS Somers by a crewman of USS Columbus.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 97588-KN
|167k||Lithograph, published circa 1843, depicting USS Somers under sail, bound home from the African coast on 1 December 1842, after the hanging of three alleged mutineers. The men executed were: Midshipman Philip Spencer, Boatswain's Mate Samuel Cromwell and Seaman Elisha Small. The print shows two of them hanging from the yardarm.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 51922 Courtesy of Rear Admiral Elliot Snow, USN, 1925
|171k||Line engraving from "The Illustrated London News", 23 January 1847, entitled "Wreck of the American Brig 'Somers'.", depicting USS Somers on her beam ends after she capsized off Vera Cruz, Mexico, while chasing a blockade runner.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 82556
|100k||Lithograph by A. Mayer, Paris, depicting a whaleboat crew from the French Navy brig le Mercure rescuing survivors of the
capsized Somers, off Vera Cruz, Mexico. Somers is visible in the right background, on her beam ends.
Collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 1117
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