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USS Spark (I)
Built as a privateer in 1813 at Sag Harbor, Long Island, N.Y.
Purchased by the Navy at Baltimore in 1814 for service in the war with England
However, the war ended before the brig could get to sea for active service against the Royal Navy
Spark, commanded by LT. Thomas Gamble, departed New York, 20 May 1815, and sailed for the
Mediterranean joining Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron against pirates of Algiers
The Brig reached Gibraltar, 15 June 1815 and, two days later, helped in operations resulting in the capture of
the Algerian flagship, Mashuda, near Cape de Gatt
Spark along with Epervier, Torch,
and Spitfire ran Estedio ashore where she was
boarded and captured, 19 June 1815
Spark sailed for home, 6 October 1815, in a squadron
commanded by Commodore William Bainbridge reaching Newport, R.I., 15 November and was laid up for repairs
Recommissioned, 1 July 1816, the Brig sailed again for the Mediterranean on 6 September carrying a letter from
the President of the United States for the Dey of Algiers and orders appointing Commodore Isaac Chauncey and
Consul-General Shalter commissioners to negotiate for peace
In the autumn of 1821, Spark, LT. John H. Elton, in command, departed Boston for the Caribbean
for operations against pirates
In January 1822, she captured a Dutch sloop and brought her and seven pirates to Charleston, S.C., for trial.
She returned to the Caribbean and spent over three years suppressing buccaneers
Sparkreturned home in 1825 and was sold at New York in 1826
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 310 t.
Beam 25' 4"
Depth of Hold 12' 8"
ten 18-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 Spark (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 24 July 2015
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