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USS Chippewa (II)

  • built in 1815 at Warren, R.I., under the direction of Commodore Oliver H. Perry, and sent to New York to be outfitted and manned
  • USS Chippewa, LT. George C. Read in command
  • Chippewa sailed from Boston, 3 July 1815, as a part of a squadron under the command of Commodore William Bainbridge
  • Departed for home 6 October 1815. Upon arrival at Boston, Chippewa was placed in ordinary
  • Re-activated in November 1816,
  • USS Chippewa sailed from Boston 27 November 1816 for the Gulf of Mexico
  • Final Disposition, ran aground on an uncharted reef in the Bahama Islands and sank 12 December 1816 without loss of life
  • Chippewa was found by a NOAA-supported expedition searching with representatives of Turks & Caicos Islands seeking the Trouvadore, a Spanish slave ship that wrecked in 1841 in the same area. They had found wreckage of a wooden ship in 2004, and 2008. The Chippewa wreck was identified by her unique 32-pdr carronade armament
    Displacement 410 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth 16' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    fourteen 32-pdr carronades
    two 12-pdrs
    Propulsion sail
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    Chippewa II 174k Sail plan of the brig USS Chippewa (II).
    Scanned from Chappelle, Howard I., "The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development", New York: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1949, unattributed, probably from the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst

    USS Chippewa (II)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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