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HMS Macedonian Monument

The Naval War of 1812

 

—Don't Give Up The Ship —

 
HMS Macedonian Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
1. HMS Macedonian Monument Marker
Inscription.
Figurehead of HMS Macedonian.

The classical head represents Alexander, the Macedonian who ruled Greece and much of the known world in the 4th century BC. It was carved in wood in 1810 to decorate the bow of the British warship named Macedonian. On October 25, 1812 west of the Canary Islands, the USS United States, commanded by Captain Stephen Decatur, captured the British ship in a two and a half hour battle. Its flag and figurehead were saved and preserved. the ship itself was repaired and served as an American warship until 1835.

The original figurehead will be in the exhibition in Mahan Hall. An exact replica in bronze has been donated by the Naval Academy Class of 1973 and will be displayed in this location.
 
Erected by United States Naval Academy. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 38° 59.001′ N, 76° 29.155′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Maryland Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is in front of Mahan Hall a the United States Naval Academy. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Macedonian Monument (here, next to this
HMS Macedonian Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
2. HMS Macedonian Monument Marker
marker); Mahan Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Albert Abraham Michelson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mahan Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval School (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Joseph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mexican War Midshipmen's Monument (about 300 feet away); The English Frigate “Augusta” (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis Walking Tour.
 
Also see . . .  "Capture of HBM Frigate Macedonian by USS United States". by Thomas Chambers, in the Renwick Gallery. (Submitted on February 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Figurehead of the <i>Macedonian</i> image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
3. Figurehead of the Macedonian
Capture of the <i>Macedonian</i> by the <i>United States</i> image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
4. Capture of the Macedonian by the United States
"Capture of HBM Frigate Macedonian by USS United States" (Thomas Chambers, 1808-1869) The captured Ensign of the Macedonian is on display in Mahan Hall
The Macedonian Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
5. The Macedonian Monument
Alexander the Great image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
6. Alexander the Great
The Figurehead of the Macedonian
Capture of the <i>Macedonian</i> image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
7. Capture of the Macedonian
The American Frigate United States, Commodore Stephen Decatur, cruising between the Azores and Cape Verde Islands on October 25, 1812, was sighted by the British frigate Macedonian, Captain John S. Carden, and the two ships joined action. A sanguinary fight was maintained, when after two hours, the Macedonian losing her mizzenmast and main topmast, became unmanageable and with 104 casualties out of a total of 254 and many of her guns disabled, hauled down her colors.
Alexander the Great image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
8. Alexander the Great
The figurehead of the Macedonian
Alexander the Great image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 8, 2013
9. Alexander the Great
The figurehead of the Macedonian
Renovated HMS Macedonian Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 12, 2015
10. Renovated HMS Macedonian Monument Marker
The monument was refreshened in 2014. The figurehead was replaced with a newly carved mahogany version, the benches were replaced, the concrete base was repaired, and the cannons and plaques were refurbished. The project cost $300,000, provided as a gift by the Academy class of 1973. The rededication ceremony was April 25th, 2014.
Bronze relief, Capture of the Macedonian restored in 2013. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 12, 2015
11. Bronze relief, Capture of the Macedonian restored in 2013.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 19, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10, 11. submitted on December 27, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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