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Schooner Enterprise captured Turkish ketch Mastico

On December 23, 1803, the schooner Enterprise, commanded by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, captured the Turkish ketch Mastico with a cargo of female slaves as she was sailing from Tripoli to Constantinople under Turkish colors and without passports.  Renamed Intrepid, the ketch was taken into service with the U.S. Navy, where she helped in the destruction of the frigate Philadelphia and later become a "fire ship" and was sent into Tripoli harbor to be blown up to destroy the Corsair fleet. 


NH 54387: USS Enterprise, 1799-1823. Drawing after an etching made in France by Baugean in 1806. Showing Enterprise as she appeared in 1806, rigged as a schooner. Courtesy of Charles H. Taylor, 1934.
Caption: NH 54387: USS Enterprise, 1799-1823. Drawing after an etching made in France by Baugean in 1806. Showing Enterprise as she appeared in 1806, rigged as a schooner. Courtesy of Charles H. Taylor, 1934.

NH 50519: Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN. Engraving by A.B. Durand from a copy by James Herring of the Thomas Sully portrait. Published in James Herring & James Barton Longacre: "National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans", Volume 3. Th...
Caption: NH 50519: Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN. Engraving by A.B. Durand from a copy by James Herring of the Thomas Sully portrait. Published in James Herring & James Barton Longacre: "National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans", Volume 3. The print includes a facsimile of Decatur's signature.
Published: Thu Feb 11 14:38:37 EST 2021