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President

 

One who presides, especially by election or appointment.

 

II

 

(Slp: 12 guns)

 

The second President, a 12-gun sloop whose dimensions and builder are unknown, was originally purchased by the War Department on Lake Champlain and turned over to the Navy late in 1812.

 

This sloop, together with other suitable craft that had been purchased and built, temporarily gave the Americans dominance on Champlain.

 

The British squadron came down the lake to aid a British army that was attempting to invade New York along the very route Burgoyne had chosen during the Revolution. This British squadron was defeated at Plattsburg 11 September 1814, all ships being captured except for several gunboats.

 

Sloop President did not take part in the American victory, as she had been captured by the British earlier in the year and taken into the Royal Navy as Icicle.