Monthly Archives: February 2014

20th Sunday – Fine weather continues, Rode to Fortune & mark’d some trees for cutting down ~ S & Jo. Sterett, C & P. Wirgman & Mr. Moore din’d with us aftgerwards Doct & Jn. Brown rode out and sat an Hour Wind South

From the journal of Captain Henry Thompson, February 20, 1814. Courtesy the Friends of Clifton.

February 19th
Captured the British government schooner Harriet Elizabeth, laden with coffee, etc. From Demerara to Barbadoes, ordered in. Island of Montserrat bearing e. n. e. distance 8 leagues. Captured the American schooner Ann Maria of Boston; she had been to Bermuda and sold a cargo of flour; had been captured by HBM brig Elipse, on her passage to St. Barts; took out the prize crew, consisting of 1 midshipman and 5 men, and burnt her.

From the journal of the Chasseur, excerpted in Baltimore American, June 2, 1814. Maryland Historical Society.

USS Scorpion arrives in Baltimore to join the Chesapeake Flotilla

Photograph by Dave Harp, Bay Journal, September 2011.
Photograph by Dave Harp, Bay Journal, September 2011.

On February 18, 1814, the USS Scorpion arrived in Baltimore to join Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla. Built at a Norfolk, Virginia shipyard in 1812, the Scorpion measured around 48 feet long and could hold a crew of 25 sailors.

Learn more about the history of the USS Scorpion and the Chesapeake Flotilla from the Search for the USS Scorpion project blog published by the Maryland State Highway Administration, the US Navy, and Maryland Historical Trust during a 2010-2011 archaeological survey of a War of 1812 shipwreck on the Patuxent River.