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  • Laid down, date unknown, at Charleston, S.C.
  • Purchased by the Navy while still on the stocks
  • Launched, 10 November 1812,
  • Commissioned Carolina, 4 June 1813, LT. J. D. Henley in command
  • Carolina sailed for New Orleans capturing the British schooner Shark while enroute
  • The schooner arrived at New Orleans 23 August 1813 and began an active career of patrol directed against possible British action as well as pirates which infested the Caribbean
  • 16 September 1814, Carolina attacked and destroyed the stronghold of the notorious Jean Lafitte on the island of Barataria
  • Carolina participated in the defense of New Orleans carrying out a series of operations which gave General Andrew Jackson time to prepare the defense of New Orleans
  • Carolina came under heavy fire from enemy artillery, 27 December, heated shot set her afire, and she was abandoned, shortly after, she exploded
    Displacement 230 t.
    Length 89' 6"
    Beam 24' 4"
    Depth of Hold 11' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 100
    Armament fourteen guns
    Propulsion sail

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