USS United States vs HMS Macedonian
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.
Wars & Conflicts
- War of 1812 1812-1815
- Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials