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US Frigate Guerriere (I)

  • Built in 1801 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 20 June 1814
  • Commissioned USF Guerriere, date unknown, CAPT. Stephen Decatur, in command
  • Assigned as flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron, departed New York, 20 May 1815, to lead the squadron in terminating piratical acts against American merchant commerce by Algiers and other Barbary States
  • Participated in the 17 June 1815 capture of the Algerian frigate Meshuda and the driving ashore to the Algerian brig Estedio on 19 June
  • Guerriere arrived at New York, 12 November 1815
  • Laid up at Boston Navy Yard for repairs, 4 March 1816
  • Recommissioned, 22 April 1818, CAPT. Thomas Macdonough, in command
  • Departed for European waters, 24 July 1819, carrying the American Minister to Russia
  • Returned, Norfolk, VA., 4 October 1819
  • Placed in ordinary at Norfolk, 8 November 1820, serving as school ship in the Norfolk Navy Yard, training midshipmen before permanent establishment of a naval academy
  • In November 1828 Guerriere was assigned as flagship for the Pacific Squadron
  • Guerriere returned to Norfolk, 29 November 1831
  • Decommissioned, 19 December 1831, remaining in ordinary until broken up in 1841
    Displacement 1,508 t.
    Length 175'
    Beam 45' 6"
    Depth of Hold 14' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 499
    thirty-three 24-pdrs
    twenty 42-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Guerriere 111k COMO.. Stephen Decatur squadron off Algiers comprised of the frigates;
    USF Guerriere, the flagship with 44 guns, commanded by Captain William Lewis,
    USS Constellation with 36 guns, commanded by Captain Charles Gordon;
    USF Macedonia with 38 guns, under the command of Captain Jacob Jones;
    the sloops-of-war USS Eperyie, commanded by Captain John Downes,
    and USS Ontario with 16 guns, commanded by Captain Jesse D. Elliott;
    the brigs USS Firefly,
    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 Torch
    and 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".
    Tommy Trampp

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