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  • Built in 1812 at Baltimore, MD
  • Owner, George Stiles and Co., requested a commission for Nonsuch as a letter of marque 29 June 1812
  • Nonsuch under CAPT. Henry Levely, commenced privateering along the East Coast and in the West Indies seeking British shipping
  • Purchased by the Navy and placed in service at Charleston, SC in December 1812, under the command of LT. James Mork
  • Nonsuch cruised in search of English merchantmen off Charleston, S.C.
    Captured British schooner Sancho Panza in early April 1813
    Took privateer Caledonia 9 April
  • Following the war Nonsuch conducted anti-pirate cruises in the West Indies
  • As part of CAPT. Oliver Hazard Perry's squadron she carried Perry up the Orinoco River to sign a treaty with Simon Bolivar, 11 August 1819. Perry died of yellow fever as the ship arrived at Trinidad, 23 August. He was buried at Trinidad
  • Returning to the United States, Nonsuch operated off the East Coast and in the Caribbean against piracy and made a short deployment to the Mediterranean
  • Placed in ordinary at Boston in December 1825
  • Sold in 1826
  • Final Disposition, broken up in 1826
    Displacement 148 t.
    Length 86'
    Beam 21'
    Depth 9'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 61
    fourteen guns
    Propulsion sail

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