Nominal Guns18DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
First Commissioned1807DANFS
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardWashington Navy Yard - Washington, D.C. DANFS
Designed by William PriceB194
Constructor Josiah Fox (1763-1847)B194
Ship TypeSloop DANFS
BecomesBritish sloop 'Peacock' (1812) (18)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck106' 7"Imperial Feet32.3384 
Breadth30' 1"Imperial Feet9.1694 
Depth in Hold13' 1 ⅝"Imperial Feet3.9783 
Burthen450Tons BM 


1812Broadside Weight = 268 Imperial Pound ( 121.538 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck16 British 32-Pound Carronade
Gun Deck2 British 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
18.10.1812137 TRN6

2 Ship Commanders

1807Master Commandant John Smith (d.1815)BWAS-17144.6.1810 - 18.10.1812Master Commandant Jacob Jones (1768-1850)BWAS-1714

2 Commissioned Officers

1812 - 18.10.1812Lieutenant James Biddle (d.1848)BWAS-17141812 - 18.10.1812Lieutenant George W Rodgers (d.1832)B096

1 Petty Officer

1812 - 18.10.1813Midshipman Henry B RappB096

Service History

1809Cruising off the eastern coast of the United StatesDANFS
1811Formed part of a squadron under Commodore Stephen Decatur which included the United States (44) , Congress (38) and the Nautilus (14) DANFS
13.10.1812Left the Delaware RiverB044
16.10.1812Lost her Jib boom and two men overboard in a galeB044
17.10.1812Encountered an enemy convoy in the evening. It consisted of 6 merchantmen protected by the sloop Frolic (16) (20)DANFS
18.10.1812Engaged and took the Frolic (16) but was in turn taken by the Poictiers (74) (74) which arrived after the action was completedDANFS
18.10.1812Wasp vs Frolic
18.10.1812Taken by Poictiers (74)


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Posted by Brian Stephens on Sunday 30th of March 2014 21:21

Nov 7, 1812
Another Gallant Achievement
By the ship, Bengal, Warwick, from Lisbon, arrived here this morning, information has been received, that the U.S. sloop of war Wasp, carrying eighteen guns, commanded by Capt. Jones had met the British sloop of war Frolic, of 20 guns, and after a severe conflict of 43 minutes, captured her. The fire of Capt. Jones was certainly more skillfully directed than that of his antagonist; for the Frolic was completely dismasted, and of her crew, there were between 50 and 60 killed and wounded, and only five killed on the Wasp, and the Frolic had the misfortune to fall in with the Poicteurs, of 74 guns, Capt. Beresford, and both were captured, and ordered for Bermuda.

Capt. Jones is a native of the State of Delaware, and was deemed a brave and able officer before this brilliant victory added additional laurels to his brow. His first Lieut. is a brother of Commodore Rodgers, and is in all respects, a worthy associate of his gallant commander. Our distinguished and meritorious fellow-citizen, Mr. James Biddle, who ranks as first Lieut. in the navy, was on board the Wasp as a volunteer and has briefly narrated the occurrence in the subsequent letter to his father, Charles Biddle, Esq., of this city.

H.B.M. ship Poicteurs (74)
Oct. 21, 1812 - at sea.
My dear father, The fortune of war has placed us in the hands of the enemy, we have been captured by this ship, after having ourselves captured his Britannic Majesty's brig, Frolic. The Frolic was superior in force to us; she mounted eighteen 32 pound carronades and two long nines. The Wasp, you know, is only 16 carronades. The action lasted 43 minutes; we had five killed, and the slaughter on board the Frolic was dreadful. We are bound into Bermuda. I am quite unhurt.
In great haste; your's very affectionately, J. Biddle

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