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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, October 18, 1812
Engagement with HMS Frolic
The sloop USS Wasp, intent on a British convoy is engaged by HMS Frolic. In a short fight, both ships sustained heavy damage to masts and rigging, but Wasp prevailed over Frolic by boarding her. The ardorof seaman John Lang carried the boarding party with him. When Frolic gave up, only four living men stood on her deck. A short lived victory though, USS Wasp was captured by the 74 gun battleship HMS Poictiers.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 4

Namesort descending Service Branch
Seaman Phillip Christ USN
Ordinary Seaman Robert Groves USN
Ordinary Seaman James Martin USN
Seaman Daniel Trigg USN
Various Sources