Nominal Guns36DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Keel Laid Down14.11.1798DANFS
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania DANFS
Designed byJosiah Fox (1763-1847)DANFS
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB90
Length of Gundeck157' 0"Imperial Feet47.8536 
Length of Keel130' 0"Imperial Feet39.624 
Breadth39' 0"Imperial Feet11.8872 
Depth in Hold13' 6"Imperial Feet4.0132 
Burthen1,240Tons BM 


4.1800Broadside Weight = 252 Imperial Pound ( 114.282 kg)DANFS
Upper Gun Deck28 American 18 Pounder

4.1800Broadside Weight = 297 Imperial Pound ( 134.6895 kg)B90
Upper Gun Deck28 American 18 Pounder
Quarterdeck10 American 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1800307Established ComplementDANFS

3 Commanding Officers

5.4.1800 - 6.1801CaptainStephen Decatur (1752-1808)DANFS6.1801 - 7.1802CaptainSamuel Barron (d.1810)DANFS21.5.1803 - 31.10.1803CaptainWilliam Bainbridge (1774-1833)DANFS

5 Commissioned Officers

24.5.1801 - 31.10.1803Second LieutenantJacob Jones (1768-1850)EWIKI1803 - 8.1803First LieutenantJohn S H CoxDB0081803 - 31.10.1803LieutenantBenjamin B Smith (d.1807)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803LieutenantTheodore Huntref:11328.1803 - 31.10.1803First LieutenantDavid Porter (1780-1843)DB008

11 Warrant Officers

1803 - 3.10.1803Master-at-ArmsJames Caseyref:11321803 - 11.10.1803Surgeon's MateJonathan Cowdery (1767-1852)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Surgeon's MateNicholas Harwoodref:11321803 - 31.10.1803CookWilliam Leithref:11321803 - 3.6.1803SurgeonJohn Ridgelyref:11321803 - 31.10.1803GunnerRichard Stephensonref:11321803 - 31.10.1803BoatswainGeorge Hodgeref:11321803 - 31.10.1803SailmakerJoseph Douglassref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MasterWilliam Knightref:11321803 - 31.10.1803CarpenterWilliam Godbyref:11321803 - 31.10.1803PurserKeith Spence (1753-1826)ref:1132

14 Petty Officers

1803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanJames Gibbonref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanWallace Wormleyref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanBernard Henryref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanBenjamin F Reedref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanWilliam Cutbushref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanDaniel Todd Patterson (d.1839)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanJames Renshawref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanRichard B Jonesref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanSimon Smith (d.1806)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanJames Biddle (d.1848)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803MidshipmanRobert M Gambleref:11321803 - 31.10.1803StewardJames C Morrisref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Master's MateMinor Forentineref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Captain's ClerkWilliam Andersonref:1132

9 Marines

23.3.1800 - 1.1.1801Marine PrivateWilliam Daniels (c.1778-?)ref:114423.3.1800 - 1.1.1801Marine PrivateEbenezer Cook (c.1770-?)ref:114423.3.1800 - 1.1.1801Marine PrivateDavid Davis (c.1768-?)ref:114423.3.1800 - 31.7.1801Marine PrivateIsaac Atkinson (c.1754-?)ref:11441803 - 31.10.1803Marine CorporalPeter Williamsref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Marine SergeantD Ervineref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Marine SergeantOtis Huntref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Marine First LieutenantWilliam S Osbornref:113213.6.1813 - 31.10.1803MarineWilliam Ray (1771-1827)DB008

Service History

5.4.1800First commissioned
5.1800Arrived on the Guadalope station to relieve ConstellationDANFS
1.12.1800Took the Privateer Leverette
1801Took the Privateer L'Union
1801Took the Privateer Magdalen
1801Took the Privateer Guerre
1801Took the Privateer L'Amphitrite
11.5.1802Departed Gibraltar for the United StatesDANFS
7.1802Arrived in America and placed in OrdinaryDANFS
28.7.1803Sailed for the MediterraneanDANFS
24.8.1803Arrived at GibraltarDANFS
9.1803Left Tangiers in company with VixenDANFS
10.1803Established a blockade of Tripoli with VixenDANFS
31.10.1803Ran aground on Kaliusa Reef off Tripoli Harbour and surrenderedBWAS-1793
16.2.1804Burnt in Tripoli Harbour by US Navy volunteers led by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur (1752-1808)


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1801-1802American Mediterranean Squadron 1801-1802Richard Dale (1756-1826) 
1803-1804American Mediterranean Squadron 1803-1804Edward Preble (1761-1807) 

Notes on Ship

Original DesignB90
Originally designed as a 44 and re-rated during Construction
Originally named as "City of Philadelphia"
She was built by Samuel Humphreys, Nathaniel Hutton, and John Delavue


DANFSDictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
B90The U.S. Sailing Navy, 1775-1853Paul H SilverstoneBook
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
DB008The American tars in Tripolitan slaveryWilliam RayDigital Book
ref:1132United States Naval Chronicle Vol 1Charles W GoldsboroughPeriodical
ref:1144Records of officers and men of New Jersey in wars 1791-1815 Book
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by AvM on Tuesday 13th of February 2018 23:33

According to some sources she received at least an Arabic name. Could somebody confirmed.

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