Sunday, February 20, 2011

Seafaring Sunday: Daring Decatur

February 16, 1804: In perhaps the most daring raid in U.S. Navy history, a force led by Stephen Decatur burns the USS Philadelphia in Tripoli harbor. The ship had been taken as prize by Barbary pirates the previous autumn.

Header: Burning of the Frigate Philadelphia in the Harbor of Tripoli by Edward Moran c 1897


Timmy! said...

Ahoy, Pauline! Back when we didn't put up with pirates like we do now... Cool painting too.

Pauline said...

Ahoy, Timmy! That must have been so heart breaking for Philadelphia's crew, who I understand could see their ship burning from where they were being held. Different times and environment, of course, but what a bunch of butt kickers all those men were!