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USC Nautilus (1803)

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Nautilus, 14 Gun Schooner



NationalityUnited States of America
ConstructorHenry SpencerW012
In Service1803-Jun-24W012
Out Service1812-Jul-16W012



Gun DeckKeelBeamDepthDraughtBurthenDisplacementSource
87' 6"23' 8"185W012



DateCrewGunsDeckB/S WeightSource
18031031212 x 636W012
18111212 x 18C108W012



Date FromDate toNameSource
1803-Jun-241804-Sep-04Lieutenant Commandant Richard SomersW012
1804-Jun1806-JulMaster Commandant John Herbert DentB052
1812-Jul-17Lieutenant Commandant William Montgomery CraneB044



Date FromDate ToRank/PositionNameSource
18041804-Aug-03LieutenantJames DecaturB052
18041806LieutenantGeorge W ReedB052
18041806Act Sailing MasterStephen CassinB052
18041806SurgeonGershom R JaquesB052
18041806PurserJames TootellB052
18041806Master's MateOctavius A PageB052
18041806MidshipmanWilliam MillerB052
18041806GunnerJames PinkertonB052
18041806BoatswainWilliam JohnsonB052
18041806CarpenterRobert FellB052

Service record

1799Built as a merchantman the Eastern Shore of MarylandW012
1803-MayPurchased from Thomas Tennant in BaltimoreW012
1803-Jun-30Left Hampton Roads bound for the MediterraneanW012
1803-Jul-27Arrived in GibraltarW012
1803-Jul-31Left GibraltarW012
1803-JulReturned to GibraltarW012
1803-Oct-06Sailed for Tangier as part of Commodore John Rodger's squadronW012
1804-FebCruising off TunisW012
1804-FebEntered SyracuseW012
1804-MarOff TripoliW012
1804-MayEntered Messina harbour for repairsW012
1804-Jul-05Left MessinaW012
1805-Jul-25Joined the Constitution off TripoliW012
1805-Aug-03Start of period of seige and attacks on TripoliW012
1805-Sep-03Attacks endW012
1805-FebLeft Malta for Leghorn to have a new mainmast fittedW012
1805-Apr-27Arrived off Derne to participate in an attack on that placeW012
1805-May-17Left the area of Derne and retired to MaltaW012
1805-MayReturned to TripoliW012
1806-JunLeft the MediterraneanW012
1806-JulArrived in Washington DC and was placed in ordinaryW012
1808Recommissioned for service on the east coastW012
1810Placed in ordinary at Wshington Naval YardW012
1811Recommissioned after conversion to a brig and was rearmed with carronadesW012
1812-Jul-16Taken by a British squadron including Africa (64), Shannon (38) and Aeolus (32)W012



Actions & Battles




Nautilus was purchased for $18,763 (B044)


Lieutenant James Decatur was killed on August 3rd 1804 while commanding Gunboat #2 in an attack on Tripoli, three of the Nautilus' seamen and a marine were wounded. (B052)


Lieutenant Commander Richard Somers was killed on September 4th 1804 while commanding the schooner Intrepid in an attack on Tripoli. Four seamen from the Nautilus were also killed. (B052)


Nautilus was the first vessel lost by either side in the War of 1812.



W012Dictionary of American Fighting Vessels
B044The Naval War of 1812 - Vol ITheodore Roosevelt
B052Our Navy and the Barbary CorsairsGardner W. Allen

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