Nautilus

2519
Nominal Guns12BWAS-1793
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Purchased5.1803BWAS-1793
First Commissioned24.6.1803BWAS-1793
ShipyardMaryland - United States BWAS-1793
ConstructorHenry SpencerBWAS-1793
CategoryUnratedBWAS-1793
Ship TypeSchooner BWAS-1793
Captured15.7.1812BWAS-1793
BecomesBritish sloop 'Emulous' (1812) (14)

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck87' 6"Imperial Feet26.5176 
Breadth23' 8"Imperial Feet7.0104 

Armament


6.1803Broadside Weight = 36 Imperial Pound ( 16.326 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck12 American 6-Pounder

1811Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck12 American 18-Pounder Columbiad

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
6.1803103 DANFS

2 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
24.6.1803 - 1803LieutenantRichard Somers (d.1804)DANFS1812 - 15.7.1812LieutenantWilliam Montgomery Crane (d.1846)NW1812

2 Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1803 - 1804LieutenantJames Bruce Decatur (1782-1804)B0521803 - 1804LieutenantGeorge Washington Reed (1780-1813)B052

7 Warrant Officers


DatesRatingNameSource
1803 - 1804Master's MateOctavius A PageB0521803 - 1804Acting MasterStephen Cassin (d.1857)B0521803 - 1804CarpenterRobert FellB0521803 - 1804BoatswainWilliam JohnsonB0521803 - 1804GunnerJames PinkertonB0521803 - 1804PurserJames TootellB0521803 - 1804SurgeonGershom R JacquesB052

1 Petty Officer


DatesRatingNameSource
1803 - 1804MidshipmanWilliam MillerB052

Service History


DateEventSource
7.1806Paid offDANFS
1811Refitted as a 12 gun Unrated Brig
15.7.1812Taken by Pique (36) off northern New Jersey


Fleets

DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1803-1804American Mediterranean Squadron 1803-1804Edward Preble (1761-1807) 
1804-1805American Mediterranean Squadron 1804-1805Samuel Barron (d.1810) 
1805-1806American Mediterranean Squadron 1805-1806John Rodgers (d.1838) 

Notes on Ship


OriginDANFS
A merchant vessel built in 1799 by Mr. Henry Spencer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
DANFSDictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
NW1812The Naval War of 1812 - A Documentary HistoryNaval Historical Center Department of the NavyBook
B052Our Navy and the Barbary CorsairsGardner W. AllenBook
 

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