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USS Cyane (I)

  • Built in 1796 at Frinsbury, England for the Royal Navy
  • Captured by USS Constitution, 20 February 1815
  • Commissioned into the US Navy as USS Cyane April 1815
  • Cruised off the west coast of Africa, 1819-20 and in the West Indies, 1820-21 to protect the Liberian colony, suppress piracy and disrupt the slave trade
  • Cruised in the Mediterranean, 1824-25
  • Cruised the Brazil Station, 1825-27
  • Laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard, date unknown
  • Final disposition, sank in 1835, raised and broken up in 1836
    Displacement 539 t.
    Length 110'
    Beam 31' 6"
    Depth 17' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 180
    four 12-pdrs
    twenty 32-pdr carronades
    eight 18-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Constitution 375k "Capture of H.M. Ships Cyane & Levant, by the U.S. Frigate Constitution", 20 February 1815"
    Capture of HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, by the U.S. Frigate Constitution, 20 February 1815.
    Lithograph by James Queen after a painting by Thomas Birch, published circa the mid-19th Century by P.S. Duval, Philadelphia, PA. It depicts the American frigate engaging Levant (at left) and Cyane (at right). Constitution was commanded by CAPT. Charles Stewart.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86692-KN. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Constitution 145k 1884 magazine engraving ~ "CONSTITUTION AND CYANE AND LEVANT". USF Constitution defeating HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, 20 February 1815. Tommy Trampp
    Constitution 138k USF Constitution defeating HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, 20 February 1815. Arnold A. Putnam
    Constitution 94k USF Constitution towing HMS Cyane, captured 28 February 1815, artist unknown.
    Library of Congress
    Robert Hurst
    Cyane (I) 67k Newspaper article from the "Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, 3 June 1820 reporting the return of USS Cyane from a tour of duty off the African coast where she was involved is suppressing the slave trade. Tommy Trampp
    Cyane (I) 204k Model of HMS Cyane, scale 1:98 Tommy Trampp

    USS Cyane (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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