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USF Adams (1812)

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Adams, 28 Guns



Nationality American
Previously Adams
Launched 1812/06/00 B90
Shipyard Washington Navy Yard B045
Designer Josiah Fox B90
Rate Frigate  
Type Sloop  
Out Service 1814/09/03 B90
Fate Scuttled B90


No Details Known


1812/06 B90 Broadside Weight = 480
Upper Gun Deck 26 American 18 Pounder
Quarterdeck 1 American 12-Pounder
1812/06 B045 Broadside Weight = 22
Upper Gun Deck 26 American 18-Pounder Columbiad
Quarterdeck 1 American 12-Pounder


Crew Complement
Date Men Notes Source
1812/06 220    


Date From Date to Rank/Position Name Source
1812/06 Unknown Captain Charles Morris W012
Date From Date to Rank/Position Name Source
1812 1813/04/06 Lieutenant Fitz H. Babbitt W012
1812/06 1814/09/03 First Lieutenant Alexander S Wadsworth B045


Service Record
Date Notes Source
1812/06 Rebuilt as a sloop-of-war, 15' being added to her length. She was recommisioned, but blockaded in Chesapeake Bay by the British W012
1814/01/18 Broke the blockade and cruised in the eastern Atlantic and off the African coast W012
1814/03/25 A large Indiaman, the Woodbridge was captured; but while taking possession the weather cleared up, and Capt. Morris found himself to leeward of 25 sail, two of which, a two-decker and a frigate, were making for him. It took him till the next day to shake them off B045
1814/05/01 Arrived in Savannah B045
1814/05/08 Left Savannah and stood into the Gulf Stream, between Makanilla and Florida, to look out for the Jamaica fleet. B045
1814/05/24 Discovered the Jamaica Fleet, but it was too well convoyed and the Adams moved first to Newfoundland and then to Ireland B045
1814/07/04 Chased two sail into the mouth of the Shannon B045
1814/07/15 Encountered the Tigris at in lat. 44 N., long. 10 W. "The frigate was to leeward, and a hard chase ensued. It was only by dint of cutting away her anchors and throwing over board some of her guns that the Adams held her own till sunset, when it fell calm. Captain Charles Morris and his first lieutenant, Mr. Alexander S Wadsworth , had been the first and second lieutenants of Old Ironsides in Hull's famous cruise, and they proved that they had not forgotten their early experience, for they got out the boats to tow, and employed their time so well that by sunrise the frigate was two leagues astern. After 18 hours more chase the Adams dropped her" B045
1814/08 Encountered the Rifleman and chased her unsuccessfully B045
1814/08/17 Ran aground near the Isle of Haute, seriously damaged, she eventually reached Hampden, Maine W012
1814/09/03 Scuttled and burnt to prevent capture in the Penobscot River at Camden, Maine W012


Fleet Title Commander Date From Date To Source
No Fleets Listed


Actions & Battles
Date Source
No Actions Listed


Notes on Ship
No Notes Entered


Id Link or Description Author
B90 The U.S. Sailing Navy, 1775-1853 Paul H Silverstone
B045 The Naval War of 1812 - Vol 2 Theodore Roosevelt
001 The Naval War of 1812 Chatham Historys
W012 Dictionary of American Fighting Vessels Unknown

Last Updated :2009/01/17 at 13:33:33 by Cy

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