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USS United States vs HMS Macedonian

The American ship on the left is firing on the British ship, which has lost its masts
Description: Engraving Print; By J. J. Bartlett after Samuel Seymour; C.1812; Framed Dimensions 22H X 27W
Accession #: 85-229-I
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On October 1812, the frigate United States, Captain Stephen Decatur, Jr. commanding, was patrolling in the Canary Islands when it encountered HMS Macedonian, which was on a similar mission. In a fifteen minute encounter, the American ship shot away the British ship's masts and it surrendered. Decatur then took it as a prize to New York, the first British warship so taken in the War of 1812.

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  • War of 1812 1812-1815
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