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USS President (I)

  • Built by Christian Bergh, East River, New York
  • Launched 10 April 1800
  • USS President sailed from New York, 5 August 1800, CDR. Thomas Truxtun ,in command
  • Assigned as flagship of Commodore Richard Dale in the Mediterranean in 1801 and 1802
  • Cruised in the Mediterranean in 1804 and 1805. participating in the actions against Tripoli
  • Cruised off the eastern coast of the United States from 1809 to 1812
  • Sailing from Annapolis, MD., 12 May 1811, President and met and fired on sloop HMS Little Belt
  • President sailed from New York, 21 June 1812, with USS United States, USS Congress, USS Hornet, and USS Argus on a cruise in the North Atlantic
  • 23 June, 1812. President fell in with frigate HMS Belvidera, and after a running fight of 8 hours Belvidera, escaped
  • Putting into Boston, she sailed again 3 October 1812 for the North Atlantic returning to Boston 31 December
  • President sailed from Boston, 30 April 1813, on a cruise off the coast of Europe
  • 23 September 1813, President captured schooner HMS Highflyer, off New York and arrived Newport, R.I., 27 September 1813
  • President sailed from Providence 4 December on a cruise to the West Indies, returning to New York IS February 1814 and was blockaded there for almost a year by a British squadron.
  • President sailed from New York 14 January 1815 under CAPT. Stephen Decatur, and the next day was captured by HMS ships Endymion, Majestic, Pomone, and Tenedos
  • Final Disposition, taken into the Royal Navy and was broken up at Portsmouth, England, in 1817
    Displacement 1,576 t.
    Length 175'
    Beam 44' 4"
    Draft 13' 11"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    thirty-two 24-pdrs
    twenty-two 42-pdr carronades
    one long 18-pdr
    Propulsion sail

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    President 52k Water color on paper by the Canadian artist Edward John Russell (1832-1906) of USS President riding at anchor in a heavy swell. Painting created I January 1904. Currently located at the N.R. Omell Gallery, 6 Duke Street St. James's, London, SW1Y 6BN. Robert Hurst
    President 63k USS President fires on and disables the British sloop HMS Little Belt, 16 May 1811. Oil on canvas painting by the artist William Elmes Robert Hurst
    President 339k USS President and the British sloop HMS Little Belt.
    To the Right Honorable Charles Philip Yorke, First Lord of the Admiralty, This Print elucidating the extreme disproportion of Force between the American Frigate President… and His Majesty’s Sloop the Little Belt… London, Dec. 1, 1811. Drawn by Joseph Cartwright / Engraved by John Hassell.
    Robert Hurst
    President 118k Sailing from Annapolis, MD., 12 May 1811, USS President, Commodore Rogers, met and fired on the 20-gun post ship Sloop-of-War HMS Little Belt, Captain. Bingham RN, 15 May 1811.
    Painting by William Elmes (1797-1815). Engraved and published by Edward Orme, London, 25 October 1811.
    Robert Hurst
    President 118k Pen and ink drawing of a cannon exploding in USS President during the pursuit of the 36-gun frigate HMS Belvidera.
    Creator unknown. Image from "The Naval History of the United States by Willis J. Abbot", Pub. by Peter Fenelon Collier, New York, 1 January 1896.
    Robert Hurst
    President 42k Photo of an engraving by De Anger of the battle between HMS Belvidera and USS President, 23 June 1812.
    Image can be found at the National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF.
    Robert Hurst
    President 59k "USS President v. HMS Endymion". Creator unknown.
    Image from "The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot, Pub. by Peter Fenelon Collier, New York, 1 January 1896.
    Robert Hurst
    President 80k A Thomas Butterworth painting depicting HMS Endymion (right) exchanges broadsides with USS President (left) at around 7:00 pm on the night of January 15th, 1815 when the ships turn to the south and brailed up their spankers in order to exchange broadsides. Circa 1815.
    Image courtesy of the New York Historical Society Museum and Library
    Robert Hurst
    President 40k A print of an engraving of a Thomas Butterworth painting depicting USS President (left foreground) having surrendered, HMS Endymion (right foreground) is shown without her fore topmast, due to damage she sustained during her duel with President. The painting is entitled "To Captain H Hope... of His Majesty's Frigate Endymion... the Morning after the Action with the American United States Frigate President, Jany 16th 1814.."; Jeakes, Joseph (engraver); Barr, J, & Bailisar, G (publishers, uncertain). Robert Hurst

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