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Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, September 11, 1814
Battle of Lake Champlain
On the morning of September 11, as British brig, Linnet, approached firing range, she opened the action with a salvo toward Saratoga. All but one of the projectiles fell short, and that solid shot was all but spent as it landed on the American corvette, bounced across her deck, and smashed a wooden poultry cage freeing a gamecock. The indignant rooster took to his wings and landed in the rigging. Facing the British warships, the cock defiantly called out challenge to battle. After almost two hours' fighting, Saratoga's last serviceable starboard gun, a carronade, broke loose from its carriage and hurtled down the main hatch. MacDonough then dropped a stern anchor, cut his bow cable, and, with the help of tars hauling on lines to kedge anchors, swung the ship around bringing her fresh, port, broadside guns to bear on the enemy. Then, by pulling on her starboard kedge line, Saratoga's sailors turned the corvette's guns toward Linnet and opened fire. The British brig, although severely damaged and unable to move, gallantly kept up the fight for about an hour before surrendering. At that time, Finch and Chub, the other two relatively large warships in the British squadron, were already in American hands - so the surviving English gunboats fled toward Canada.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 27

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Quartermaster Abraham Davis USN
Landsman Joseph Couch USN
Seaman John Coleman USN
Quarter Gunner Thomas Butler USN
Ordinary Seaman Benjamin Burrell USN
Seaman William Brickell USN
Seaman David Bennett USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships