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Thessalon in Algoma County, Ontario — Central Canada

Capture of “Tigress” and “Scorpion”

Capture of "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gilbert Collins, circa 1987
1. Capture of "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker
Some 25 miles southwest of here lies the Detour Passage between Drummond Island and Michigan's upper peninsula. In August, 1814, it was occupied by the armed U.S. schooners "Tigress" and "Scorpion", whose intention it was to prevent supplies reaching the British garrison at Michilimackinac. On September 1 a British force of seamen, soldiers and Indians under Lieutenants Miller Worsley, R.N., and Andrew Bulger left Michilimackinac in small boats to attack the enemy. The "Tigress" was boarded on September 3 under cover of darkness. Two days later the "Scorpion" came to anchor nearby and, unaware of her sister ship's capture allowed her to come alongside. Taken by surprise, the "Scorpion" was captured after a sharp fight.
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
Location. 46° 15.613′ N, 83° 33.939′ W. Marker is in Thessalon, Ontario, in Algoma County. Marker is on Lakeside Drive just north of Stanley Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thessalon, Ontario P0R 1L0, Canada.
More about this marker. Note that a nearly identical marker later superceded this one, with the difference being that the new one indicates the distance in kilometers rather than miles.
Also see . . .  Capture of the Tigress and Scorpion, War of 1812. The Canadian Encyclopedia's description of the capture:...On 3 September, Worsley and a party of sailors and soldiers, all in four boats, spied the Tigress anchored alone off Drummond Island. With the help of the British garrison at Michilimackinac they captured that vessel after a severe action including an exchange of fire and sharp hand to hand fighting. Worsley continued to fly the American flag, and then went in search of the Scorpion. On 6 September, Worsley sighted the Scorpion and unaware of what had transpired, that schooner was quickly captured. Worsley had avenged the loss of the Nancy. The captures made the British naval armament stronger at the end of the 1814 fighting season than at its beginning. Worsley renamed the Tigress HM Schooner Surprize and the Scorpion HM Schooner Confiance. Worsley, now in command of the Confiance took that schooner to Michilimackinac in late April 1815, and told the British commandant there that peace terms had been agreed to by Great Britain and the United States. (Submitted on July 29, 2015.) 
Additional keywords. Naval Action
Categories. War of 1812
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gilbert Collins of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 275 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Gilbert Collins of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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