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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, March 28, 1814
Action off Valparaiso
On March 28, Captain David Porter attempted to break out of Valparaiso Chile, but Essex lost her main topmast in a gale. ... Disregarding Chilean neutrality, Captain James Hillyard, commanding HMS Phoebe attacked and taking advantage of his guns superior range, slowly but surely battered away at Essex. ... Three hours later Captain Porter was forced to strike his colors, including the blue banner Free trade and sailors' rights — the slogan that had impelled the United States into war. ... Essex lost 58 killed, 31 drowned, and 70 wounded. Essex was taken into the Royal Navy as a 42-gun frigate.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 43

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cooper John Adams USN
Seaman Peter Allen USN
Seaman James Anderson USN
Boatswain's Yeom Thomas Bailey USN
Quartemaster Francis Bland USN
Seaman Thomas Browne USN
Ordinary Seaman Robert Browne USN
Ordinary Seaman Daniel Cassimer USN
Seaman John Clinton USN
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Davis USN
Boy Lewis Early USN
Ordinary Seaman Joseph Ferrell USN
Seaman James Foldger USN
Ordinary Seaman Francis Green USN
Seaman Frederick Hall USN
Seaman George Hallett USN
Seaman Benjamin Hazen USN
Landsman Mark Hill USN
Ordinary Seaman George Hill USN
Seaman William Holmes USN


Various Sources