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USS Grampus (I)
Laid down in 1839 at Washington Navy Yard
Launched in early August 1821
Commissioned USS Grampus, date unknown, LT. F. H. Gregory in command
Grampus departed Washington for the West Indies in pursuit of pirates
In the company of
USS Porpoise, and
Grampus helped convoy merchant vessels in the region into 1822
On 16 August 1822, Grampus gave chase to the brig Palmyra flying Spanish colors but suspected of being a pirate. When called upon to
surrender the brig replied with cannon and musket fire. Grampus answered in turn, firing broadsides that reduced Palmyra's rigging to a
complete wreck, killing one and wounding six, the brig struck shortly thereafter
Grampus shifted operations to Thompson's Island (later Key West) in 1823, continuing patrol and anti-piracy operations for ships sailing in the West
She took part in the landings in Puerto Rico in 1824, where the U.S. received an apology from the Spanish for firing on schooner Fox in March 1823
Grampus continued her duties in the protection of shipping in the Caribbean Sea and in the South Atlantic Ocean for almost two more decades
Between 1840-41, Grampus sailed on the Africa Station, conducting anti-slavery patrols until detached from the African Squadron
Grampus was assigned to the Home Squadron at Norfolk, Va., 23 January 1843
Final Disposition, lost at sea in March 1843, presumably after having foundered in a gale off Charleston, S.C.
Displacement 171.5 t.
Depth of Hold 9'6"
Armament 12 guns
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||Washington Navy Yard sketch of the hull plan for schooner USS Grampus (I)
||USS Hornet (III), (1805-1829) at top, and USS Grampus (I) (1821-1843) at bottom. Sketches of hulls and rigging (with the
latter out of scale to the hulls), by William A.K. Martin, circa 1843 or later. Both vessels, which were lost at sea with all hands, are depicted flying their National
Ensigns upside down, a sign of distress.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86236
An oil painting by RADM. John W. Schmidt showing frigate USS John Adams and schooners USS Grampus and
off the east coast of Puerto Rico, 14 November 1824.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 123338
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USS Grampus (I)
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