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USS Flambeau (I)

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Purchased, 3 December 1814, as Leader, and fitted out for duty, LT. J. B. Nicholson in command
  • Flambeau sailed from New York, 20 May 1815, in Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron, bound for the Mediterranean and the war with Algiers
  • The Brigantine participated in the capture of the Algerian flagship, the frigate Mashuda and the 22-gun brig Estedio
  • Arriving off Algiers 28 June, Commodore Decatur and the American Consul for the Barbary States negotiated an honorable peace treaty with the Dey within 2 days
  • The squadron sailed on to Tunis and Tripoli to receive indemnity for prizes given up to the British during the war of 1812
  • Flambeau sailed from Gibraltar for home 6 October 1815
  • On the 24th, in a heavy gale, Flambeau became separated from the squadron, and pushed on alone to reach Newport, R.I., 9 November 1815
  • Three weeks later she arrived at New York, where she was placed in ordinary until sold 3 April 1816
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 310 t.
    Length 103'
    Beam 25' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 12' 8"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 90
    ten 18-pdr carronades
    two long 18-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,
    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

    USS Flambeau (I)
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