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USS Ontario (II)
Built by Thomas Kemp, Baltimore, MD., in 1813
Launched, date unknown
Blockaded in Chesapeake Bay through the War of 1812
Sailed from New York for the Mediterranean 20 May 1815, Master Comdt. Jesse D. Elliott, in command.
On 17 June 1815 in company with USS Constellation, USS Guerrierre and USS Epervier captured the Algerian frigate Mashouda off the coast of Spain
Participated in the blockade of Algiers
Arrived at New York in early 1817
USS Ontario, CAPT. James Biddle, in command sailed, 4 October 1817, for the Pacific
Negotiated the release of American merchantmen seized at Valparaiso by the Spanish in the early spring of 1818
Claimed both sides of the Columbia River for the United States, 19 August 1818
Finally standing into the Chesapeake Bay, 23 April 1819
Assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron, departed New York, 18 January 1821, arriving Gibraltar, 27 April
Ontario returned to New York, 25 January 1824
After refit Ontario again sailed for the Mediterranean, 24 July 1824
Ontario returned to New York, 20 February 1828
Ontario made two more trips to the Mediterranean from August 1829 to May 1832 and November 1833 to June 1836
Ontario next sailed for the West Indies, 19 August 1837, to protect U.S. commerce from pirate attacks, show the flag in Caribbean ports and protecting American neutrality during the French Intervention in Mexico
The sloop returned to New York, 2 June 1840
Ontario was dispatched, 22 February 1842, to the Gulf Of Mexico to protect American interests
Assigned to duty as a Navy Yard receiving ship at Baltimore from 20 July 1843 to June 1856
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold at public auction, 15 July 1856
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 509 t.
Length 117' 11"
Beam 31' 6"
eighteen 32-pdr carronades
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||COMO.. Stephen Decatur squadron off Algiers comprised of the frigates;
USF Guerriere, the flagship with 44 guns, commanded by Captain William Lewis,
USF Constellation with 36 guns, commanded by Captain Charles Gordon;
USF Macedonia with 38 guns, under the command of Captain Jacob Jones;
USS Eperyie, commanded by Captain John Downes,
USS Ontario with 16 guns, commanded by Captain Jesse D. Elliott;
USS Spark and
USS Flambeau, each with 14 guns, commanded by Lieutenants George W. Kodgers, Thomas Gamble, and John B. Nicholson;
and the schooners
USS Spitfire, both with 12 guns, commanded by Lieutenants Wolcott Chauncey and Alexander J. Dallas.
Gardner Weld Allen (1856-1944) - "Our Navy and the Barbary Corsairs".
||USS Ontario under full sail leading Stephen Decatur's squadron in the Mediterranean, 1815.
Painting by Geoff Hunt
USS Ontario (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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