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USS Hornet (IV)

  • Purchased at Georgetown, D.C., in 1813
  • Commissioned 15 March 1814, Sailing Master Joseph Middleton in command
  • USS Hornet served primarily as a dispatch ship along the eastern seaboard, assisting in some coast and harbor survey work
  • Decommissoned and sold at Norfolk in 1820
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 57
    Armament five 18-pdrs
    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 (IV)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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