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Chippewa I (Schooner)

(Sch: t. 70; l. 59'; b. 16'; dph. 7'; cpl. 15; a. 1 18-pdr., 2 swivels.)

A tribe of Indians living principally around Lake Superior. Chippewa, Ontario, was the scene of a hard-fought battle won by the Americans 5 July 1814.


The first Chippewa, a schooner, was captured from the British 10 September 1813 and fitted out for service - in the U.S. Navy, Acting Midshipman Robert S. Tatem in command. She cruised on Lake Erie as a part of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's Squadron. After sailing from Put-in-Bay in October with several Army officers and baggage on board, she was driven ashore by a violent squall at Black Rock, N.Y. She was burned by a British landing party 29 December 1813.


Construction of a 74-gun ship-of-the-line named Chippewa began at the Navy Yard, Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., after the signing of a contract 15 December 1814, but the ship was never launched. Uncompleted, the ship was sold 1 November 1833.

Published: Tue Jun 30 12:22:18 EDT 2015