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Built for the US Navy in 1803 at Philadelphia by Nathaniel Hutton
Launched on 6 August 1803
Commissioned USS Syren, late August-early September 1803, LT. Charles Stewart in command
USS Syren jointed the Mediterranean Squadron at Gibraltar, 1 October 1803
Participated in the destruction of the captured US Frigate Philadelphia at Tripoli, along with the US Ketch Intrepid, 16 October 1803
Syren returned to blockade duty at Tripoli capturing the polacca Madona Catapolcana in March 1804 and armed brig Transfer
Participated in the attacks on Tripoli in August and September 1804.
Syren departed Gibraltar, 28 May 1806 and reached the Washington Navy Yard on or about 1 August
Laid up in ordinary at Washington Navy Yard until reactivated in 1807 and carried dispatches to France in 1809
Name changed to Siren in 1810
During the War of 1812 Siren was captured by HMS Medway, 12 July 1814, after an 11-hour chase during which she jettisoned her guns, anchors, cables, boats, and spare spars in a valiant but futile effort to escape from the British 74-gun ship of the line
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 240 t.
Length 94' 3½"
Beam 27' 9"
Depth of Hold 12' 5"
sixteen 24-pdr carronade
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||Bombardment of Tripoli, 3 August 1804
Oil by Michael Felice Corne, depicting Commodore Edward Preble's squadron engaging the Tripolitan gunboats and fortifications during the afternoon of 3 August 1804.
U.S. Navy vessels shown in the foreground are, from left to right:
schooner USS Enterprise,
schooner USS Nautilus,
brig USS Argus,
brig USS Syren,
schooner USS Vixen,
mortar boat Dent,
frigate USS Constitution (Preble's flagship),
mortar boat Robinson, and
Attacking the enemy flotilla in the center background are LT.Stephen Decatur's three gunboats and a gunboat commanded by LT. James Decatur, who was killed in this action.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 65536-KN. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland.
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