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Thessalon in Algoma District, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Capture of the “Tigress” and “Scorpion”

 
 
Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gilbert Collins, circa 1987
1. Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker
Inscription.
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 District. Marker is on Lakeside Drive just north of Stanley Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thessalon, Ontario P0R 1L0, Canada.
 
Also see . . .  Capture of the Tigress and Scorpion, War of 1812. The Canadian Encyclopedia's description of the capture:...On 3 September,
Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gilbert Collins, circa June 1, 2017
2. Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker
The plaque is located on the grounds of a trailer park opposite the public beach. It can be seen here in the distance in front of the vehicle.
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
 
Wideview of Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2017
3. Wideview of Capture of the "Tigress" and "Scorpion" Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2015, by Gilbert Collins of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 24, 2015, by Gilbert Collins of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.   2. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Gilbert Collins of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.   3. submitted on July 16, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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