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USS Saratoga (II)

  • Laid down,7 March 1814, by Adam and Noah Brown at Vergennes, Vermont
  • Launched, 11 April 1814
  • Christened, USS Saratoga, 11 April 1814, for service on Lake Champlain
  • Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough, commander of American naval forces, in Saratoga defeated British forces on Lake Champlain at Plattsburgh, New York, 11 September 1814
  • After the War Of 1812 Saratoga was laid up until sold at Whitehall, N.Y., in 1825
    Displacement 734 t.
    Length 143'
    Beam 36' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 12' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 212
    eight long 24-pdrs
    six 42pdr carronades
    twelve 32-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Saratoga 192k Pen and ink drawing by Howard Irving Chapelle showing the lines of the corvette USS Saratoga (II), 1814.
    "The History of American Sailing Ships" by Howard I Chapelle, Bonanza Books, New York.
    Robert Hurst
    Saratoga 21k Portrait of Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough, US Navy photo. Tommy Trampp
    224k A black and white photo of a watercolor painting by artist ©Warren (attributed)
    "The Battle of Lake Champlain in Plattsburg Bay, September 1814"
    On 11 September 1814, the American squadron, the 26-gun USS Saratoga, Como. Thomas Macdonough, the 20-gun brig USS Eagle, CAPT. Robert Henley, the 17-gun schooner USS Ticondereoga, LCDR. Stephen Cassin, the 7-gun sloop USS Preble, LT. Charles Hicks and 10 boats, were attacked when lying off Plattsburg by a British squadron, the 37-gun HMS Confiance, CAPT. George Downie, the 16-gun brig HMS Linnet, CAPT. Daniel Pring, the 11-gun cutter HMS Chub, LT. James McGhee, the 8-gun cutter HMS Finch, LT. William Finch and 10 gunboats. Having had two anchors shot away Confiance brought up abreast instead of athwart hawse of Saratoga. After a fierce combat, Saratoga, who had suffered severely from Confiance's heavy broadsides, swung around to bring her port battery into action. Confiance, in endeavoring to do the same, hung with her stern towards Saratoga and was so heavily raked that she was compelled to surrender. CAPT. Downie was killed, Linnet being exposed to Saratoga's fire, struck her colors. Finch had surrendered, Chubb was captured, and the battle ended.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 902816
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    258k Black and white photo of an engraving by B. Tanner after a drawing by H. Reinagle
    "MacDonough's Victory on Lake Champlain"
    MacDonough's Victory on Lake Champlain and defeat of the British Army at Plattsburg by General Macomb, 11 September 1814. Ships shown:
    HMS Finch;
    USS Preble;
    USS Eagle;
    HMS Confiance;
    HMS Linnet;
    USS Saratoga;
    HMS Chubb; and
    USS Ticonderoga.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 2258
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    209k Black and whit photo of an Aquatint by W. Strickland.
    "Battle of Lake Champlain (Plattsburg, New York), September 11, 1814">
    The British and American Fleets are depicted in action, with Cumberland Head on the right, and the town of Plattsburg, New York, behind. The ships shown are (L-R):
    USS Ticonderoga
    USS Eagle;
    HMS Confiance;
    USS Saratoga; and
    HMS Linnet. Gunboats are also shown in action on both sides. Aquatint by W. Strickland, Philadelphia, after an eye witnesses sketch.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63489, Courtesy of Mr. S.H.P. Pell, Fort Ticonderoga Museum, Fort Ticonderoga, New York, 1938.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Saratoga 573k War of 1812 Thomas Macdonough BATTLE OF PLATTSBURGH ~ 1859 Art Print Engraving, Artist: J.R. Chapin, Engraver: F.F. Walker, 1859 MacDonough Pointing the gun - Battle of Lake Champlain Tommy Trampp
    99k A cropped image of an engraving by Benjamin Tanner (1775-1848), after a painting by Hugh Reinagle (1790-1834) of USS Saratoga at Macdonough’s victory on Lake Champlain and defeat of the British Army at Plattsburg by General Macomb, 11 September 1814.
    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Collection
    Robert Hurst

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