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USS Firefly (I)

  • Built as the brig Volant, date and location unknown
  • Purchased by Captain David Porter at New York, 8 December 1814
  • Fitted out as flagship of Captain Porters's five ship squadron to cruise in the West Indies to destroy enemy commerce
  • A peace treaty with Britain, however, obviated the mission
  • War with Algiers found Firefly, Lieutenant G. W. Rodgers in command, sailing from New York, 20 May 1815, to join Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron in the the Mediterranean
  • Damaged by a heavy gale Firefly was forced to return to port for repairs.
  • Following repairs Firefly again sailed for the Mediterranean, 18 July 1815 where she joined Commodore William Bainbridge's squadron to spend the next several months enforcing the peace concluded with Algiers
  • The Brig arrived with the squadron at Newport, R.I., 15 November 1815
  • She proceeded to New York where she was laid up at the navy yard
  • Sold at public auction at New York, 3 April 1816
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 333 t.
    Length 109'
    Beam 39' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 11'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 100
    4 long 18-pdrs
    10 18-pdr carronades
    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,
    USF 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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