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USS Spitfire (III)
Built, date and location unknown
Purchased at Baltimore between October and December 1814
Assigned to the "flying squadron," commanded by COMO. David Porter, slated to cruise the West Indies to wage war on British commerce
However, the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent on 18 February 1815 terminated hostilities before the squadron could get to sea
Five days after hostilities with Great Britain ceased the United States declared war on Algeria
A squadron under the command of CAPT. Stephen Decatur, in Guerriere, set sail from New York on 20 May, bound
for the Mediterranean
Spitfire with Epervier, Torch, and Spark ran the
22-gun brig Estedio aground a Cape Palos
The Americans took possession of the enemy brig and 83 prisoners.
Spitfire then sailed with the squadron to Algiers where its presence forced the Dey to agree to American terms
The squadron then sailed in turn to Tunis and Tripoli and successfully demanded indemnities for violations of treaties with the United States during the recent American war with England
Spitfire returned home to the United States and was sold 3 April 1816
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 286 t.
Beam 25' 6"
Depth of Hold 11' 9"
eight 18-pdr carronades
one long 18-pdr
two long 9-pdrs
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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 Spitfire (III)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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