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USS Wasp (V)
Built in 1813 at Newburyport, MA., by Cross & Merrill
Commissioned USS Wasp in 1814, Master Commandant Johnston Blakeley in command
Wasp put to sea, 1 May 1814, for a war cruise to the western approaches to the English Channel
She captured the bark Neptune, on 2 June; embarked her crew as prisoners; and burned the prize at sea
Eleven days later, she took the brig William and burned her as well
Five days later Wasp took the armed brig Pallas and scuttled her
She took the galiot Henrietta, 23 June, which she gave up to the prisoners she had thus far taken
Three days later, she captured and scuttled the ship Orange Boven
Wasp came upon the 21-gun sloop-of-war HMS Reindeer west of Plymouth and bringing her to battle defeated Reindeer in a
short but intense battle after which she took prisoners on board and set the enemy on fire
Enroute to L'Orient, France she took the brig Regulator, 4 July and schooner Jenny two days later
Not long thereafter, she entered L'Orient for repairs, provisions, and care for her wounded.
Wasp put to sea, 27 August and on her third day underway, she captured the brig Lettice and the next day took the brig Bon Accord
Early in the morning of 1 September, she encountered a convoy of 10 ships escorted by the 74-gun ship-of-the-line HMS Armada. The American Sloop-of-War
singled out the brig Mary which she took as a prize, carrying off her crew as prisoners and burning her before being run off by Armada
That evening, she spied another sail on the horizon and gave chase, catching the brig HMS Avon which she battered into surrender
As Wasp began to lower the boat for the prize crew, the lookout sighted first one enemy brig standing toward and then two more forcing her to give
up the destruction of Avon
Wasp continued her ravages of the British merchant marine encountering and scuttling Three Brothers, 12 September, sinking the brig
Bacchus two days later, the eight-gun HMS Atlanta encountered Wasp and also suffered the ignominy of capture
Too valuable to destroy, Atlanta was placed under the command of Midshipman Geisinger and was sent home to the United States
When Wasp and Atlanta parted company, nothing was ever heard from Wasp again. The last sighting of her was by a Swedish
merchantman about three weeks later in October 1814. Wasp apparently sank in a storm.
Displacement 509 t.
Beam 31' 6"
Depth of Hold 14' 6"
two long 12-pdrs
twenty 32-pdr carronades
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||Sloop-of-war USS Wasp (V), circa 1814. Artist and source unknown.
||Engravings of USS Wasp (V) and HMS Reindeer by Abel Bowen, from "The Naval Monument, 1838".
||Marines aboard USS Wasp (V) engage HMS Reindeer, June 1814. Copy of a painting by Sergeant John Clymer -
1927 - 1981.
US National Archives and Records Administration cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 532579. Record group: Record Group 127: Records of
the U.S. Marine Corps, 1775 - 9999 (National Archives Identifier: 456). Series: General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps, compiled 1927 - 1981, documenting the
period 1775 - 1981 (National Archives Identifier: 532396)
USS Wasp (V)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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