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United States

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Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 25, 1812
Battle with HMS Macedonian
The USS United States, roaming the Canary Islands, spies HMS Macedonian. At nine o'clock, the British frigate bears down to the attack in a heedless and confident manner, the United States opened fire, almost every shot of which struck either the hull or masts of the Macedonian. As Macedonian closed to fire her broadside, the American frigate bore-way a little, to retain the advantage of her superior skill in gunnery. Thus was the action maintained until nearly ten o'clock, by which time all the carronades on the Macedonian's engaged side had been disabled, much other damage and very serious loss incurred. The United States was comparatively sound, her masts and rigging not materially injured, and receiving only nine shots in her hull. Her loss - five seamen killed, Lieutenant John Funk and one seaman mortally wounded.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 5

Namesort descending Service Branch
Ordinary Seaman John Archbold USN
Boatswain's Mate Thomas Brown USN
Lieutenant John Funk USN
Seaman William Murray USN
Seaman Henry Shepard USN
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