Archive for February 16th, 2012

Feb 16

Burning of the Philadelphia

Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:00 AM


February 16, 1804 The captured¬†frigate Philadelphia is burned in Tripoli Harbor by American forces. On February 16th, 1804, during the Barbary Wars, Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, supported by American volunteers, burned the captured U. S. frigate, Philadelphia, in order to prevent her from remaining in the hands of the Tripolitans. In June 1935, Proceedings published an article by Commander Arthur Bainbridge Hoff, USN (ret.), which described the circumstances surrounding the burning of the Philadelphia, and the connection of the event to the famous Naval leader, Edward Preble. The article focuses on Preble’s unique personality, and the character and actions which earned… Read the rest of this entry »