Nominal Guns44DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
First Commissioned7.1800ref:740
How acquiredPurpose builtB90
ShipyardNew York Naval Shipyard - New York DANFS
Ship ClassUnited States ClassDANFS
Designed by Joshua Humphreys (1751-1838)B90
Constructor Christian Bergh (1763-1843)DANFS
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
BecomesBritish Fourth Rate frigate 'President' (1815) (50)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck175' 0"Imperial Feet53.34 
Length of Keel157' 10"Imperial Feet47.8536 
Breadth44' 4"Imperial Feet13.4366 
Depth in Hold13' 11"Imperial Feet3.9709 
Burthen1,576Tons BM 


1800Broadside Weight = 855 Imperial Pound ( 387.7425 kg)DANFS
Upper Gun Deck32 American 24 Pounder
Spardeck22 American 42-Pounder Carronade
Spardeck1 American 18 Pounder

15.1.1815Broadside Weight = 816 Imperial Pound ( 370.056 kg)B044
Upper Gun Deck32 American 24 Pounder
Spardeck20 American 42-Pounder Carronade
Spardeck1 American 24-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1812450 B044

6 Ship Commanders

1800 - 1802Captain Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822)DANFS1802 - 1806Captain James Barron (1768-1851)12.1808 - 1811Captain William Bainbridge (1774-1833)DANFS1811 - 1813Captain John Rodgers (d.1838)24.12.1811 - 1813Master Commandant Charles Ludlow1814 - 15.1.1815Captain Stephen Decatur (1779-1820)DANFS

1 Flag Officer

1801 - 1802Commodore Richard Dale (1756-1826)DANFS

4 Warrant Officers

1801Surgeon's Mate Sterling Archerref:12031802 - 20.11.1802Master William Knightref:11471802 - 20.11.1802Acting Carpenter James Fryref:11471802 - 20.11.1802Acting Gunner John H Swooperef:1147

6 Petty Officers

10.1810 - 11.1813Midshipman Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858)17.12.1810 - 23.8.1812Midshipman John H Bird (d.1812)1812 - 1814Midshipman Edward Rutledge Shubrick (1793-1844)W06515.6.1812 - 1812Midshipman Joel Abbot (d.1855)W06423.8.1812 - 1812Midshipman John Taylor (d.1812)15.1.1815 - 1815Midshipman Irvine Shubrick (1797-1849)

7 Marines

6.1800 - 7.5.1802Marine Private John Francisco (c.1779-?)ref:114424.6.1800 - 23.3.1801Marine Corporal William Dailey (c.1779-1804)ref:114424.3.1801 - 3.6.1801Marine Private William Dailey (c.1779-1804)ref:11441.6.1801 - 7.5.1802Marine Private William Christie (c.1776-?)ref:11444.6.1801 - 15.4.1802Marine Private William Dailey (c.1779-1804)ref:114416.4.1802 - 7.5.1802Marine Private William Dailey (c.1779-1804)ref:114423.8.1812 - 1812Marine Lieutenant John Heath

Service History

5.8.1800Maiden cruise
1801Flagship of the Mediterranean squadron until 1802
1804Service in the Mediterranean until 1805, including action against Tripoli
1809Cruises off the eastern coast of the United States
12.5.1811Met and fired on the British sloop Little Belt (20) (20) off Cape Henry. Little Belt suffered damage and casualties but returned to port
16.5.1811President vs Little Belt
21.6.1812Left New York in company with the United States (44) , Congress (38) , Hornet (16) and Argus (16)
23.6.1812Belvidera vs President
10.10.1812Chased the Nymphe (38)
21.10.1812Contacted Galatea (36) convoying two vessels, Congress (38) took one, the Argo
31.12.1812Returned to Boston
30.4.1813Cruise off the Cape Verde Islands and the Brazilian coast with Congress (38)
2.5.1813Unsuccessful chase of the British sloop Curlew (16) (18)
8.5.1813Parted company with Congress (38)
19.7.1813Chased by two British sail for four days. These were the Alexandria (32) and Spitfire (8)
24.9.1813Took the Schooner Highflyer (8)
27.9.1813Put into Newport, Rhode Island
4.12.1813Sailed for a cruise to the West Indies
25.12.1813Escaped from two French Frigates La Nymphe (44) (40) and Meduse (40)
18.2.1814Returned to New York and was then blockaded by the British
14.1.1815Sailed from New York, ran onto a sandbar after midnight on the 15th and got off later in a damaged state
15.1.1815Capture of the President
15.1.1815Taken by Endymion (44)
15.1.1815Taken by Pomone (38)
15.1.1815Taken by Tenedos (38)
15.1.1815Taken by Majestic (74)


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1801-1802American Mediterranean Squadron 1801-1802 Richard Dale (1756-1826) 
1804-1805American Mediterranean Squadron 1804-1805 Samuel Barron (d.1810) 
1805-1806American Mediterranean Squadron 1805-1806 John Rodgers (d.1838) 

Notes on Ship

During the chase of the Belvidera the main deck bow chaser exploded, killing and wounding 16 men, amongst the wounded was Commodore John Rodgers.


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