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USS Eagle (III)

  • Build at Vergennes, VT. as the brig Surprise by Adam and Noah Brown
  • Launched, 11 August 1814
  • Commissioned, 6 September 1814 as USS Eagle, LT. R. Henley in command
  • Eagle was finished just in time to participate in the decisive Battle of Lake Champlain on 11 September 1814
  • Eagle, the first vessel in the American line, fought HMS Chubb, HMS Linnet, and HMS Confiance alongside USS Saratoga. She was holed 39 times and had 13 men killed and 20 wounded
  • After the battle she was laid up for preservation at Whitehall, N.Y., but was sold in 1825
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 500 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 150
    eight 18-pdr guns
    twelve 32-pdr cannonades
    Propulsion sail

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    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

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