The Cruise of the U.S. Sloop Hornet in 1815

By Alan Conrad Aimone, published November 1975


The War of 1812 ended with the Treaty of Ghent in December 1814; news which failed to reach US sloop Hornet, before she sailed to join a squadron of commerce raiders against Britain. One of her lieutenants, Thomas Crabbe, or Crabb, kept a diary of the voyage, parts of which a quoted in this article, detailing the capture, by Hornet, of HMS Penguin, and the escape from capture, after a long chase, by HMS Cornwallis, all after the war with Britain was over. A brief résumé of Crabbe’s later life is included.

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Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812
Subjects include: Navies

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