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Jun 30

USS Peacock vs. British East India Company Brig Nautilus

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:00 AM


The last naval action of the War of 1812, a contest between U.S. sloop of war Peacock and the British East India Company brig Nautilus, took place on 30 June 1815, in the Sunda Strait off Java——four months after the declaration of peace. On 1 December 1814, Secretary of the Navy William Jones had directed Commodore Stephen Decatur to lead a four-ship squadron comprising the frigate President, sloops of war Peacock and Hornet, and the store ship Tom Bowline on a commerce raiding cruise in the East Indies. By the end of April 1815, only Peacock remained to fulfill the… Read the rest of this entry »

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