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USS Tigress (I)
Built in 1812-13, as the schooner Amelia at Erie, PA., by the firm of Adam and Noah Brown
Launched in the spring of 1813, probably in April
Acquired by the Navy for service with Captain Oliver Hazard Perry's forces on Lake Erie
Renamed Tigress and placed under the command of LT. Augustus H. M. Conkling
Tigress participated in the engagement at Put-in-Bay on 10 September 1813 in the Battle of Lake Erie
In October USS Tigress, USS Scorpion and USS Porcupine,
under the command of LT. Jesse D. Elliott, ascended the Thames River to support General William Henry Harrison overland expedition in the Battle of the Thames
Tigress subsequently sailed for Lake Huron, where she took part in blockading operations into the summer of 1814
On 3 September Tigress was attacked and boarded by British forces and in the ensuing battle the schooner was captured by the attackers
On 8 September using the captured Tigress, still with American flag flying, the British commander, LT. Bulger, ran the schooner alongside
Scorpion also capturing her
The British renamed their prizes soon thereafter. Tigress became HMS Surprise, an appropriate name in view of the nature of her capture,
and Scorpion became HMS Confiance
Both subsequently served the Royal Navy until laid up at the Colborne Basin, Ontario, Canada, and dismantled.
In the spring of 1933, Tigress' remains were raised and placed on the town dock at Penetanguishene, Ontario
Displacement 52 t.
Depth of Hold 5'
Speed 9 kts
one 32-pdr gun
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