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USS Alligator (III)

  • Laid down, 26 June 1820, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched, 2 November 1820
  • Commissioned in March 1821, probably on the 26th, LT. Robert F. Stockton in command
  • Alligator sailed from Boston, 3 April 1821, for a two-fold mission, suppression of the slave trade off the west African coast and to acquire territory for the American Colonization Society
  • Alligator captured several slavers including schooners Mathilde, L'Eliza, and Daphne and acquired territory around Cape Mesurado by her commanding officer and a representative of the American Colonization Society
  • On 4 October 1821, Alligator put to sea from Boston again bound for the west coast of Africa
  • On 5 November, Alligator took the Portuguese flagged, Mariano Faliero, a pirate ship
  • Early in 1822, she sailed from Boston to the West Indies to combat piracy in the Caribbean
  • In April, she took the pirate schooner Cienega off Nuevitas, Cuba
  • Alligator remained on the West Indian station for the remainder of her career
  • While at Matanzas in November 1822, she received word that an American schooner and brig had been taken by a group of pirates and were located about 45 miles east of Matanzas
    At dawn on 9 November she found the pirates in possession of one ship, two brigs, and five schooners
    Alligator launched armed boats which captured the pirate ships after a long chase
    During an exchange of gun fire Alligator's commanding officer, LT. William H. Allen, was mortally wounded
  • On 18 November 1822, Alligator departed Matanzas escorting a convoy
    Before dawn the following morning, she ran hard aground on Carysford Reef off the coast of Florida
  • Final Disposition, after working desperately to refloat the schooner, her officers and crewmen gave up on a hopeless task and on 23 November, they set fire to Alligator and she blew up
    Displacement 198 t.
    Length 86'
    Beam 24'7"
    Depth of Hold 10'4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament twelve 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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