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USS Boxer (I)

  • Built at Middletown, CT. in 1815 by C. and D. Churchill
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS Boxer in 1815, LT. John Porter, in command.
  • USS Boxer sailed to the Mediterranean in the summer of 1815 with Mr. Thomas D. Anderson, the American consul to Tunis, embarked, delivered her passenger and then served briefly with the Mediterranean Squadron
  • Returned to the United States in November 1815
  • Boxer sailed in February 1816 to New Orleans to cruise the Gulf of Mexico and West Indies to protect American trade from West Indian pirates
  • Final Disposition, lost at sea off Belize, British Honduras, 25 October 1817, with no loss of life
    Displacement 370 t.
    Length 114' 11"
    Beam 28' 7"
    Draft 14' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 190
    two 9-pdrs
    fourteen 24-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    USS Enterprise vs 
HMS Boxer

    The name Boxer comes from His Majesty's Brig Boxer, Captain Samuel Blyth, encountered and captured by the US brig Enterprise, Lieutenant William Burrows, off Portland, Maine, on 5 September 1813.

    NS022160: Engagement between the "Enterprise" and "Boxer," from Twenty-Six Historic Ships, by Fredrick Hill (1903).

    Four previous US warships had borne the name:

    1. A brig.
    2. A schooner.
    3. A British sidewheel steamer named Tristram Shandy, captured on 15 May 1864 and renamed Boxer on 21 June 1865.
    4. A brigantine-rigged training ship.
    112k Print by George G.Smith (1795-1878) engraver George Girdler Smith of the United States squadron under Com. Bainbridge returning triumphant from the Mediterranean in 1815, The print shows the American squadron at sea, includes, on the left;
    USS Macedonian (I),
    USS Firefly (I),
    USS Torch,
    USS Boxer (I), at center,
    USS Independence,
    USS Spark (I),
    USS Saranac (I)
    USS Enterprise (III),
    USS Lynx (i), and on the right,
    USS Congress (III)
    USS Chippewa (II),
    USS Spitfire (III) and
    USS Flambeau.
    United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3a47975
    Robert Hurst

    USS Boxer (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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