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USS Hornet (II)

  • Formerly merchant ship Traveller of Massachusetts
  • Purchased at Malta and joined the American blockade of Tripoli in April 1805, Lt. Samuel Evans in command
  • Her bombardment in company with USS Argus and USS Nautilus, 27 April 1805, helped force the surrender of Derne to a land expedition bringing pressure to bear on the besieged port of Tripoli, where the Bashaw soon accepted terms of peace.
  • After helping to evacuate the expedition from Derne, Hornet joined the fleet in a show of strength off Tunis and other Barbary ports
  • Hornet continued patrol to insure safety of American commerce in the Mediterranean until 3 June 1806
  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1806
  • Sold at Philadelphia 3 September 1806
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 71 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 34
    Armament ten guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Hornet - A large, strong wasp whose sting is severe (NS020869a). Hornets are the largest of the eusocial wasps, and are similar in appearance to their close relatives yellowjackets (wasps native to North America—e.g., baldfaced hornets—are commonly refered to as hornets but are actually yellowjackets). Hornets aggresively guard their nesting sites when threatened and their stings are more painful and dangerous to humans than typical wasp stings, as their venom contains a large amount of acetylcholine; moreover, individual hornets can sting repeteadly.
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    USS Hornet (II)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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