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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 ascending
Seaman John Russell USN
Boatswain's Yeom Thomas Bailey USN
Seaman John Ripply USN
Seaman James Sellers USN
Quartemaster Francis Bland USN
Seaman Henry Ruffe USN
Seaman Thomas Terry USN
Ordinary Seaman Robert Browne USN
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Russell USN
Lieutenant James Wilder USN
Ordinary Seaman Daniel Cassimer USN
Seaman Joseph Thomas USN
Seaman Peter Allen USN
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Davis USN
Seaman William White USN
Ordinary Seaman Joseph Ferrell USN
Seaman Cornelius Thompson USN
Ordinary Seaman Francis Green USN
Boy William Williamson USN
Seaman Frederick Hall USN


Various Sources