Nominal Guns36DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Keel Laid Down14.11.1798DANFS
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania DANFS
Designed by Josiah 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 Ship Commanders

5.4.1800 - 6.1801Captain Stephen Decatur (1752-1808)DANFS6.1801 - 7.1802Captain Samuel Barron (d.1810)DANFS21.5.1803 - 31.10.1803Captain William Bainbridge (1774-1833)DANFS

5 Commissioned Officers

24.5.1801 - 31.10.1803Second Lieutenant Jacob Jones (1768-1850)E-WIKI1803 - 8.1803First Lieutenant John S H CoxDB0081803 - 31.10.1803Lieutenant Benjamin B Smith (d.1807)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Lieutenant Theodore Huntref:11328.1803 - 31.10.1803First Lieutenant David Porter (1780-1843)DB008

11 Warrant Officers

1803 - 3.10.1803Master-at-Arms James Caseyref:11321803 - 11.10.1803Surgeon's Mate Jonathan Cowdery (1767-1852)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Cook William Leithref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Surgeon's Mate Nicholas Harwoodref:11321803 - 3.6.1803Surgeon John Ridgelyref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Carpenter William Godbyref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Gunner Richard Stephensonref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Boatswain George Hodgeref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Sailmaker Joseph Douglassref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Master William Knightref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Purser Keith Spence (1753-1826)ref:1132

14 Petty Officers

1803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Bernard Henryref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman James Renshawref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Simon Smith (d.1806)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Robert M Gambleref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Wallace Wormleyref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Benjamin F Reedref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman William Cutbushref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Daniel Todd Patterson (d.1839)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman Richard B Jonesref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman James Biddle (d.1848)ref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Midshipman James Gibbonref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Captain's Clerk William Andersonref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Steward James C Morrisref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Master's Mate Minor Forentineref:1132

9 Marines

23.3.1800 - 1.1.1801Marine Private David Davis (c.1768-?)ref:114423.3.1800 - 1.1.1801Marine Private William Daniels (c.1778-?)ref:114423.3.1800 - 1.1.1801Marine Private Ebenezer Cook (c.1770-?)ref:114423.3.1800 - 31.7.1801Marine Private Isaac Atkinson (c.1754-?)ref:11441803 - 31.10.1803Marine Corporal Peter Williamsref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Marine Sergeant D Ervineref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Marine Sergeant Otis Huntref:11321803 - 31.10.1803Marine First Lieutenant William S Osbornref:113213.6.1813 - 31.10.1803Marine William Ray (1771-1827)DB008

Service History

5.4.1800First commissioned
5.1800Arrived on the Guadalope station to relieve ConstellationDANFS
1.12.1800Took the Privateer La Leverette
1801Took the Privateer L'Union
1801Took the Privateer La Magdalen
1801Took the Privateer La 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 1801-1802 Richard Dale (1756-1826) 
1803-1804American Mediterranean Squadron 1803-1804 Edward 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


Previous comments on this page

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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