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USS Tom Bowline

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the United States Navy in late 1814 at Portsmouth, N.H., for use as a storeship, LT. B. V. Hoffman, in command
  • Subsequently proceeding to New York, she joined USS President, USS Hornet, and USS Peacock in preparations for a raiding foray into the East Indies
  • 22 January 1815, Hornet, Peacock and Tom Bowline departed New York in a storm escaping the blockading British squadron
  • Tom Bowline and Peacock reached Tristan de Cunha, the rendezvous point, 18 March 1815, with Hornet arriving 5 days later.
  • President having set sail on 14 January fell victim to the British squadron blockading New York
  • Hornet encountered HMS Penguin upon her arrival, cleared for action defeating Penguin
  • Tom Bowline embarked the Penguin's captive crew and took the prisoners to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • There is no record of Tom Bowline's subsequent service, but was apparently sold in 1818
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 260 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 90
    Armament 12 guns
    Propulsion sail

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