The navy's first ship of the line since 1792, Independence was launched two days after Guerriere, on June 22, 1814. She served in the navy for nearly a century.
On June 6, 1850, a boarding party from the brig USS Perry seized the slaver Martha just hours after she loaded a cargo of 1,800 Africans from Angola. Martha's skipper first thought Perry to be British, so he hoisted the American flag because federal law prohibited foreign warships from stopping an American ship. When the skipper spied a U.S. naval officer on board the brig, he hastily raised the Brazilian flag. Read more »
Named for the defeated British vessel, Guerriere was launched at Philadelphia on June 20, 1814.