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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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Burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)

The USS Philadelphia was a 36-gun frigate that ran aground in October 1803 while blockading the coast of Tripoli. After some consideration, the Americans decided that the ship was too powerful a weapon to remain in enemy hands and sent a party of soldiers to recapture the ship and burn it. In carrying out "the most bold and daring act of the age," the assaulting party used what ruse to sail up to the ship without arousing the suspicion of its Tripolitan guards? More...
olddogg eleventy2
Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:25:02 AM

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Author David McCullough, if my memory serves me, wrote of this in his book about President John Adams. It was fairly detailed. One of the true unsung heroic deeds of our history. Praise from Horatio Nelson would not be easy to come by.
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Believe it was a party of sailors from the USS Intrepid that torched the USS Philadelphia not soldiers.
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