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USS Wasp (II)

  • Built, date unknown, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned, as USS Wasp in 1807, Master Commandant John Smith in command
  • Wasp's movements in 1807 and 1808 remain unrecorded
  • 1809 to 1812 she cruised the eastern seaboard of the United States
  • Engaged British brig-sloop Frolic on 13 October 1812 defeating her British rival only to be captured by the British ship of the line HMS Poictiers at the end of the engagement
  • Wasp served briefly in the Royal Navy as Loup Cervier and Peacock until lost off the Virginia Capes in 1814.
    Displacement 450 t.
    Length 105' 7"
    Beam 30' 1"
    Draft 14' 1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 140
    two 12 pdrs.
    sixteen 32pdr. carronade
    Propulsion sail

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    Wasp - Any of numerous winged hymenopterus insects possessing smooth, slender bodies, and an abdomen attached by a narrow stalk. They have well developed wings, biting mouthparts, and often administer painful stings
    Tommy Trampp
    Wasp 44k Blueprint of USS Wasp circa 1805 Tommy Trampp
    Wasp 52k USS Wasp first ship built in Washington Navy Yard.
    "A Historic Heritage, Washington Navy Yard", compiled and illustrated by Katharine Ainsworth Semmes
    Tommy Trampp
    Wasp 244k Post card of painting by Thomas Birch 1779-1851 of USS Wasp and the Royal Navy brig-sloop Frolic from the M & M Kartolik Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Tommy Trampp
    Wasp 119k Postcard image USS Wasp and Royal Navy brig-sloop Frolic by artist Roy Cross. Tommy Trampp
    Wasp 227k USS Wasp captures the British 18-gun brig-sloop Frolic, 15 October 1812. Wasp herself was captured by the Royal Navy later the same day. Wasp was renamed Loup Cervier after capture. Commissioned HMS Loup Cervier in 1813 on the Halifax Station under Captain Charles Gill, RN. Captain William William Mends, RN succeeded Gill, taking command, 26 February 1813. At some point in March 1813 Loup Cervier was renamed Peacock. On 23 March 1814 Captain Mends relinquished command of Peacock, and was briefly replaced by Captain G. Donnett, RN. Sometime in April 1814 Commander Richard Coote, RN of HMS Borer was promoted to post captain and transferred to Peacock. Drawing and engraving by F. Kearny, based on sketch by Lieutenant Claxton. This image is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 532910. * Note info taken from Robert Hurst
    Wasp 256k USS Wasp boarding the 18-gun brig-sloop Frolic. Engraving by Abel Bowen, from The Naval Monument, Boston, 1 January 1816. Robert Hurst
    Wasp 64k USS Wasp boarding the British Brig-sloop Frolic, an 1815 oil on canvas painting attributed to the English born - American painter Thomas Birch (1779-1851). This painting is said to once have been the property of Captain James Biddle, USN., Lieutenant of the USS Wasp. Its current location is the The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Robert Hurst
    Providence 112k "New Providence Raid, March 1776" - An oil painting on canvas by V. Zveg, 1973, depicting Continental Sailors and Marines landing on New Providence Island, Bahamas, on 3 March 1776. Their initial objective, Fort Montagu, is in the left distance. Close off shore are the small vessels used to transport the landing force to the vicinity of the beach. They are (from left to right): two captured sloops, and the Continental sloops Wasp and Providence. The other ships of the American squadron are visible in the distance. The operation was commanded by Commodore Esek Hopkins.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79419-KN , courtesy of the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command

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