Bone Model Of Essex

Date:
c. 1800s

The people of Essex County and Salem, Massachusetts, presented the 36-gun frigate Essex to the U.S. Navy in 1799. Within weeks she began active service in the Quasi-War with France. Essex had two tours of duty in the Mediterranean against the Barbary pirates between 1801 and 1805. Captain David Porter commanded her throughout the War of 1812. In a single cruise in the summer of 1812 she captured ten prizes. Porter's journey to the Pacific, where he decimated the English whaling fleet, brought Essex greater renown. Read more »

Description (physical):

Material: Bone

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0036
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Naval Historical Foundation

Figurehead From General Armstrong

Captain Samuel Chester Reid scuttled his ship, the General Armstrong, rather than surrender to the British during the War of 1812. The boatswains mate removed the ship's figurehead and carried it safely ashore.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0039
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Naval Academy Museum

Leather-covered Box

Date:
c. 1790s
Description (physical):

Material: Leather Covering

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0027
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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John Paul Jones Letter

Date:
August 1785
Creator:
John Paul Jones
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0028
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Paul Hammond
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Decatur Boarding A Tripolian Gunboat

Creator:
D.M. Carter

During the summer of 1804, Commodore Edward Preble decided to send gunboats to bombard the fortifications in Tripoli Harbor. Stephen Decatur, the youngest captain in the U.S. Navy at age 25, was in charge of a division of three gunboats. He and his men plunged into the midst of nine enemy boats and began to board them. After fierce hand-to-hand fighting, the enemy was driven from the decks of the ships and three prizes were taken by the Americans.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE, Washington, District of Columbia, 20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0029
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Naval Historical Foundation

Reuben James

Creator:
Dorothy Short
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0030
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Edward Preble

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0031
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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Blunderbuss

Date:
c. 1781-1815
Creator:
Newton
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0032
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Howard L. Wheeler
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Farragut's War of 1812 Sword

Date:
c. 1800s
Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0033
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Naval Historical Foundation
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Constellation Vs. La Vengeance

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0026
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
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