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US Frigate Macedonian (I)

  • Built in Great Britain in September 1810
  • Captured off the Canary Islands by 44-gun frigate US Frigate United States, Commodore Stephen Decatur in command, 25 October 1812
  • Arrived in New London, CT., as a prize, 4 December 1812,
  • Taken into US Naval Service by April 1813, Capt. Jacob Jones in command
  • Macedonian made one futile attempt with United States and sloop USS Hornet to break the British blockade by way of Hell Gate, N.Y., 24 May 1813
  • She then remained in the Thames River, CT., until the end of the War of 1812
  • Departed for the Mediterranean, 20 May 1815, to join Commodore Decatur-s 10-ship squadron in the Algerian War against the Barbary powers, to stop harassment of American shipping
  • Macedonian assisted in the capture of Algerian flagship, frigate Mashuda, 17 June 1815 by frigates Constellation and Guerriere, and sloops-of-war Epervier and >Ontario
  • Following the signing of a treaty with Tunis and Tripoli 7 August 1815, and with Algeria in June 1815, Macedonian patrolled the Mediterranean and the US East Coast for the next 3 years
  • The Frigate operated off the Pacific coast of South American from January 1819 to March 1821 giving aid and protection to the commercial ships in the area during the disorders following the Latin colonial revolts
  • Macedonian returned to Boston in June 1821 and was refitted to cruise in the West Indies helping to suppress piracy, into 1826
  • Reassigned to the Pacific station, the ship departed Norfolk, 11 June 1826 returning to Hampton Roads, VA., 30 October 1828
  • Decommissioned in 1828 and was broken up at the Norfolk Navy Yard
    Displacement 1325 t.
    Length 161' 6"
    Beam 40'
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 18' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 306
    Armament 39 guns
    Propulsion sail

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    United States 69k Alexander the Great - the figurehead of the British frigate HMS Macedonian at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
    From DC Photos by Edward Berge
    Robert Hurst
    United States 48k HMS Macedonian engages the frigate USS United States in the South Atlantic Ocean south of the Azores.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # KN 2880 photo from DANFS.
    Tommy Trampp
    United States 48k Engraving by Alonzo Chappel of HMS Macedonian engaging the frigate USS United States in 1812 in the South Atlantic Ocean.
    US National Archives photo
    Tommy Trampp
    United States 68k "USF United States vs. HMS Macedonian, 25 October 1812" Engraving after Thomas Birch, courtesy of the New-York Historical Society, collection of the Naval History Society, 1935.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1294
    Tommy Trampp
    United States 67k "USF United States vs. HMS Macedonian, 25 October 1812" Engraving after William Strickland. This action resulted in the capture of the British frigate, which was then taken into the U.S. Navy as USS Macedonian. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society, collection of the Naval History Society, 1935.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1295
    Tommy Trampp
    United States 119k USF United States (right) vs HMS Macedonian, 28 October 1812, by Thomas Birch. Tommy Trampp
    United States 261k USF United States (right) with her more powerful guns defeated HMS Macedonian, 25 October 1812.
    From "The War of 1812" by Diana Childress.
    Tommy Trampp
    Macedonian 1958k

    Battle between USF United States commanded by Captain Stephen Decatur and HMS Macedonian. Macedonian was brought into Newport and repaired and later commissioned in the U.S. Navy. Battle took place 25 October 1812. Painting on glass.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 1300.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Macedonian 73k HMS Macedonian engaging USF United States, 26 October 1812.
    Image from "Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars", by Robert Gardiner, Naval Institute Press, pp. 208, 2006.
    Robert Hurst
    Macedonian 48k
    Macedonian 58k
    Guerriere 111k 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;
    USS 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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