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USS Superior (I)

  • Laid down in February 1814 at Sacket's Harbor, N.Y., by Henry Eckford
  • Launched, 2 May 1814
  • Built for service in COMO. Isaac Chauncey's squadron on Lake Ontario
  • Commissioned in 1814, LT. John H. Elton, in command
  • USS Superior joined the squadron in late July off the English base at Kingston, Ontario
  • The frigate operated there through the summer as Chauncey blockaded Kingston, hoping to lure Sir James Yeo's fleet out for a decisive action
  • Superior helped transport General Izzard and some 3,000 troops from Sacket's Harbor to Genesee, N.Y. in September
  • Laid up for the winter at Sacket's Harbor
  • Before warm weather returned, peace ended naval operations on Lake Ontario
  • Superior was laid up at Sacket's Harbor and sold sometime before 1824
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,850 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 500
    thirty long 32-pdrs
    two long 24-pdrs
    twenty-six 42-pdr. carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Superior 458k An undated image of Commodore Isaac Chauncey's dismantled frigate USS Superior, at anchor, in Sacket's Harbour, New York.
    Image from "The Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812", by Benson Lossing, Publishers Harper & Brothers, p. 794., 1868.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Superior (I)
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