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USS Alligator (I)

  • Built as Gunboat No. 166 at Wilmington, N.C. in 1809 by Ames Perry as Gunboat No. 166
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned sometime in mid-1809, Master Commandant Joseph Tarbell in command
  • Gunboat No. 166 served on the coast of the Carolinas protecting coastal commerce
  • Named USS Alligator in 1812
  • At the mouth of the Stone River, S.C., 29 January 1814, Alligator was attacked by boats from two British ships
  • Alligator cut her cable, made sail and opened fire on the British boats, she lost two men killed and two wounded in the encounter
  • Alligator sank in July in Port Royal Sound during a heavy storm
  • Refloated, she resumed service until sold, 12 June 1815
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 80 t.
    Length 60' (on the gun deck)
    Beam 16'
    Depth of Hold 5'11"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 40
    Armament four guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Alligator 40k Sail plan of the United States Navy schooner USS Alligator.
    Unattributed, apparently from US National Archives - Scanned from Chappelle, Howard I., "The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development" New York: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1949, ISBN 1-56852-222-3, Plate XII, facing p. 201.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Alligator (I)
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