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U.S.S. United States

 
 
U.S.S. United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
1. U.S.S. United States Marker
Inscription. First vessel completed for new U.S. Navy. Frigate was launched near here May 10, 1797. Flagship of Capt. John Barry; builder was Joshua Humphreys. In 1812, under Capt. Stephen Decatur, Jr., occurred its celebrated capture of H.M.S. Macedonian. Vessel scrapped at Norfolk, 1866.
 
Erected 1983 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 56.487′ N, 75° 8.459′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on South Columbus Blvd. Click for map. The marker is located on the driveway of the Chart House Restaurant and next to the dock of the Spirit of Philadelphia. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mason-Dixon Survey (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cruiser Olympia - Submarine Becuna (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen Decatur (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Commodore John Barry (1745 - 1803)
U.S.S. United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
2. U.S.S. United States Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Queen Village / The New Market and Head House (approx. ¼ mile away); Society Hill / The New Market and Head House (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  American sailors humiliate their English counterparts in ship-to-ship battle. A brief synopsis of the USS United States vs. HMS Macedonian battle by the National Park Service: After capturing the British frigate Macedonian in a brutal engagement, Stephen Decatur and his crew came home to a hero’s welcome, sharing $300,000 in prize money. Though strategically insignificant, the loss of the Macedonian was a major blow to the Royal Navy’s prestige and aura of invincibility. (Submitted on May 20, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
U.S.S. United States Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 16, 2015
3. U.S.S. United States Marker
<i> United States & Macedonian</i> image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Birch, circa 1813
4. United States & Macedonian
Pen and ink drawing, image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The capture of HMS Macedonian was a naval action fought near Madeira on 25 October 1812 between the frigates USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur, and HMS Macedonian, under the command of John Surman Carden. The American vessel won the long bloody battle, capturing and bringing the Macedonian back to the United States. It was the first British warship to ever be brought into an American harbor. - Wikipedia
Capture of HMS <i>Macedonian</i> by U.S. Frigate <i>United States</i>,<br>October 25, 1812 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. Capture of HMS Macedonian by U.S. Frigate United States,
October 25, 1812
This 1852 painting of the battle between the United States and the Macedonian by Thomas Chambers hangs in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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