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US Brig Jefferson (II)

  • Laid down, 2 February 1814, at Sackett's Harbor, N.Y., by Henry Eickford for service in Commodore Isaac Chauncey's fleet on Lake Ontario
  • Launched, 7 April 1814, manned by a crew from sloop of war USS Erie, CDR. Charles G. Ridgely in command
  • Jefferson, delayed by lack of delivery of her guns finally sailed with Chauncey's fleet 31 July and arrived off Niagara 5 August
  • Along with USS Sylph and USS Oneida blockaded English vessels at Niagara
  • After remaining on blockade duty for over a month, Jefferson sailed for Kingston to rejoin Chauncey on 17 September
  • Jeffersonoperated with the fleet during the remainder of the navigation season attempting to draw Sir James Yeo's ships into a decisive contest
  • Late in November Jefferson was laid up for the winter
  • Jefferson apparently remained in ordinary until sold 30 April 1825
    Displacement 509 t.
    Length 117'
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 160
    sixteen 42-pdr cannonade
    four long 24 pdrs.
    Propulsion sail

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    Pee Dee 188k Skeleton of the US Brig Jefferson, the last vestige of the Lake Ontario fleet of Commodore Isaac Chauncey, in the War of 1812. The fleet was built by Henry Eickford. It nestles close to Navy Point, where Eickford had his shipyard.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1523, courtesy of C.H. Taylor, Boston, through David F. Lane, Watertown, New York.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    US Brig Jefferson (II)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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