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Sunday, January 15, 1815
Engagement with HMS Endymion
On January 14, 1815, USS Presidents recently appointed Captain Stephen Decatur tried to slip from a British blockade at New York. President grounded on a sandbar several hours later, breaking her keel and straining her hull. The next day, HMS Endymion began pursuit fo the President until Decatur turned for a broadside action. ... President had the advantage until HMS Pomone and Tenedos arrived on the scene. ... Outnumbered, outgunned and with fifty of his crew dead or wounded, Decatur struck the colors and surrendered. President was taken to Bermuda and seized as a war prize. Too damaged for further work, she was broken up at Portsmouth in 1817.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 22

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ordinary Seaman George Swift USN
Seaman John Wherry USN

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