THIS WEEK in the War of 1812 (Oct. 14-Oct. 20)

October 15, 2012 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

Pyrrhic Victory at Sea

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(Wikipedia)


The American sloop USS Wasp intercepts a British convoy of cargo ships on Oct. 18, 1812. The merchantmen are guarded by a British sloop-of-war, the 20-gun HMS Frolic. The two sloops blast away at each other from a distance of only 50 yards. After a short — but savage — exchange of gunfire, both ships suffer heavy damage to masts and rigging.

However, a boarding party from the Wasp storms the Frolic and takes her. But before either the Wasp or Frolic can be made sail-worthy a 74-gun British ship-of-the-line, the HMS Poictiers, appears on the scene. The master of the crippled Wasp,  Jacob Jones, has no choice but to surrender.

The Wasp will be converted to a British warship and re-named HMS Peacock for a British ship taken and sunk in 1813 by another American sloop, the USS Hornet.

 

 

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