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Sea Horse

A small fish whose head and the fore part of its body suggest the head and neck of a horse.

(Sch.: a. 1 gun)

Sea Horse was purchased by the Navy in 1812 for service on Lake Borne, near New Orleans, La., as part of a squadron of gunboats, under the command of Lt. Thomas Catesby Jones, opposing the British advance on that city.

On the night of 13 December 1814, after repelling two attacks by armed British launches, she was beached by her commanding officer, Sailing Master William Johnson, and burned to prevent capture.