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Scoprion (I)

  • Scorpion, a sloop-rigged floating battery that could also be propelled by oars
  • Probably built under contract for the United States Navy in 1812
  • LT. Edmond P. Kennedy assumed command of the ship at Norfolk in September of 1812
  • Scorpion was assigned, 30 March 1813, to the Potomac Flotilla which was to protect Washington, D.C.
  • LT. George C. Read assumed command of Scorpion, 4 May 1813
  • Scorpion reported for duty 18 February 1814, at Baltimore in COMO. Joshua Barney's Chesapeake Flotilla
  • 24 May 1814 Scorpion, Major William. B. Barney, Joshua's son, acting as captain, sailed with the flotilla for the lower Chesapeake Bay in an attempt to stop the British from advancing toward Washington
  • The flotilla encountered a British squadron near the mouth of the Patuxent River, 1 June 1814, and was forced to retreat up the river
  • In the following weeks, COMO. Barney's flotilla engaged the British on several occasions but proved unable to delay the advance on Washington
  • 21 August 1814, facing overwhelming odds, Barney was forced to retreat and landed his men at Pig Point, near Upper Marlboro
  • Scorpion and the rest of the flotilla were to be burned while Barney marched to assist in the defense of Washington
    Displacement unknown
    Length 48' 8"
    Beam 18' 2"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 4' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 25
    one 24-pdr gun
    one 18-pdr gun
    two 12-pdr cannonade
    Propulsion sail

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    US Naval Institute - UAB Iniatiates USS Scoprion Porject!
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