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USC Wasp (1813)

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Wasp, 22 Gun Sloop of War



NationalityUnited States of America
ShipyardNewburyport MASSW012
ConstructorCross & MerrillW012
RateSloop of War
In Service1814W012
Out Service1814-NovW012



Length between postsKeelBeamDepthDraughtBurthenDisplacementSource
117' 11"31' 6"14' 6"609W012



DateCrewGunsDeckB/S WeightSource
1814173222 x 12, 20 x 32C332W012
1814-Aug232 x 12, 20 x 32C, 1 x 12C344B045



Date FromDate toNameSource
18141814-OctMaster Commandant Johnston BlakeleyW012



Date FromDate ToRank/PositionNameSource
18141814-Sep-21MidshipmanDavid GeisingerB045
18141814-OctMidshipmanHenry S Langdon0001
MidshipmanFrank Torean0001


Service record

1814-May-01Left Portsmouth NH for a cruise in the western approaches to the English Channel
1814-Jun-02Took and burnt the bark Neptune
1814-JunTook and burnt the brig William
1814-Jun-18Took and scuttled the armed brig Pallas
1814-Jun-23Took the galliot Henrietta, which was given up to the Wasp's prisoners
1814-Jun-26Took and scuttled the ship Orange Boven
1814-Jun-28Took the Reindeer (18) after an intense engagement
1814-Jun-29The Reindeer was burnt
1814-Jul-08Entered L'Orient for repairs
1814-Aug-27Left L'Orient
1814-AugTook two prizes
1814-Sep-01Encountered a Convoy escorted by Armada (74), Cut out and took one "laden with iron and brass cannon, muskets, and other military stores of great value"
1814-Sep-01Chased and took British Brig Avon (18) but was chased off her prize by Castilian (18) and Tartarus (20)
1814-Sep-21Took the brig Atalanta (8) and sent her in with midshipman Mr. Geisinger as prize master
1814-Oct-09Last sighted by a Swedish brig Adonis from whom she took two officers later of the Essex
1814Lost at sea


Actions & Battles

1814-Jun-28Action against the ReindeerB045
1814-Sep-01Action against the AvonB045



In the action with the Reindeer the Wasp had 5 men killed and 21 wounded, some mortally (0001).

Killed--Timothy Stevens, Thomas R. Peel, seamen; Joseph Vurse, Thomas Knight, John Brown, ordinary seamen.

Wounded--Henry S. Langdon, midshipman, dangerously; Frank Torean, midshipman, dangerously; John Swett, master's mate, slightly; William Thompson, boatswain's mate, severly; John Dick, qr. master, do.; Nathl. Seamann, seaman, do.; Jotham Perkins, do. dangerously (since dead); William Preston, do. slightly; Charles Green, do. dangerously (since dead); Charles Clinton, do. slightly; Andrew Passenger. do. severly; John Rowe, do. slightly; Joseph Atkins, do. dangerously (since dead); Robert Lowther, do, slightly; Morrel Roberts, do. do. Robert Javis, a. seaman, severly; Henry Herbert, do. dangerously; Simon Cassalis, do. severly; John C. Thurston. do. dangerously; Caleb Wheedon, do. severly; John Ball, boy, dangerously (since dead)


The Reindeer had the following casualties

Killed-- William Manners, esq. commander; John Thos. Barton, and 23 petty officers and seamen.

Wounded-- Thos. Chambers, 1st lieut.; Richard Jones, master and forty petty officers and seamen.

N.B. More than half the wounded were in consequence of the severity and extent of their wounds, put on board a Portuguese brig called the Lisbon Packet, on the third day after the action, to wit, 1st July, bound to Plymouth, England.


In the action with the Avon the Wasp had three men wounded (B045).



0001Congressional Medal of Honour site for [Johnston Blakeley
W012Dictionary of American Fighting Vessels
B045The Naval War of 1812 - Vol IITheodore Roosevelt

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