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USS General Pike


Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 April 1813, by New York City shipbuilder, Henry Eckford, at Sacketts's Harbor on Lake Ontario
  • Launched, 12 June 1813
  • Made ready to sail in July 1813, Master Commandant Arthur Sinclair in command
  • Joined COMO. Issac Chauncey's squadron, 21 July 1813
  • Engaged British ships under COMO. Yeo, 10 and 11 August, in an indecisive battle
  • Joined COMO Chauncey's ships in a brief encounter off the mouth of the Genesse River, 11 September
  • At York Bay, Ontario, 28 September 1813, General Pike fought in a heavy action against HMS Royal George
  • General Pike supported troop movements against the British on Lake Ontario in November
  • Blockaded at Sackett's Harbor during the winter
  • General Pike Joined in the blockade of British ships at Kingston, Ontario in 1814
  • Laid up at Sackett's Harbor at the end of the war
  • Sold in 1825
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 875 t.
    Length 145'
    Beam 37'
    Depth 15'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 300
    Armament
    twenty six 24-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Namesake

    Zebulon Montgomery Pike (January 5, 1779 April 27, 1813) was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. As a US Army officer he led two expeditions, first to reconnoiter the upper reaches of the Mississippi River in 1805-06 and then in 1806-07 to explore the Southwest to the fringes of the northern Spanish-colonial settlements. Pike's expeditions coincided with other Jeffersonian expeditions including the Lewis and Clark Expedition (18041806) and the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis expedition (1806). The second Pike Expedition crossed the Rocky Mountains into southern Colorado, which led to his capture by the Spanish, who sent Pike and his men to Chihuahua (present-day Mexico), for interrogation. Later in 1807 Pike and some of his men were escorted by the Spanish through Texas and released near American territory.
    In 1810 Pike published an account of his expeditions, a book so popular that it was translated into French, German and Dutch for publication in Europe. He later achieved the rank of brigadier general in the Army, serving during the War of 1812, until he was killed during the Battle of York.
    Tommy Trampp
    General Pike 133k USS General Pike spars and sails plan by C. Ware Boston Navy Yard circa 1840. This ship served on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Original plan in the National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57006.
    USNH&HC
    General Pike 349k A scene on Lake Ontario - United States sloop-of-war USS General Pike, Commodore Chauncey and the British sloop-of-war HMS Wolfe, Sir James Yeo, prepare for battle. 28 September 1813. Published and sold by Shelton & Kennet, Cheshine, CT., 1 November 1873. Tommy Trampp
    General Pike 127k The grave of General Z. M. Pike, Madison Barracks Sackett's Harbor, N. Y. Tommy Trampp
    General Pike 446k

    USS General Pike
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