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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Seaman William Holmes USN
Seaman Thomas Browne USN
Boy Lewis Early USN
Ordinary Seaman George Hill USN
Seaman John Clinton USN
Landsman William Jennings USN
Seaman John Powell USN
Seaman James Foldger USN
Seaman William` Johnson USN
Seaman John Keeling USN
Seaman George Hallett USN
Lieutenant James Wilmer USN
Seaman Thomas Nordyke USN
Seaman Benjamin Hazen USN
Cooper John Adams USN
Quarter Gunner Reuben Marshall USN
Seaman John Jackson USN
Landsman Mark Hill USN
Ordinary Seaman Samuel Miller USN
Seaman Peter Johnson USN


Various Sources