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|Posted: Sun Feb 10th, 2008 10:31 pm||
Perhaps I can clarify the situation with the two ships called the MACEDONIAN.
Originally, it was a British frigate. On October 25, 1812, it engaged the USS UNITED STATES (Stephen Decatur) and was shot into submission at long range. The British captain, John Carden, had previously boasted that he would take the UNITED STATES if he ever was able to engage it.
Decatur brought the wreck back to Newport. It was the only British frigate ever brought into an American port as a prize.
The ship was rebuilt and became the USS MACEDONIAN. It served in the Navy until 1828.
USS Macedonian (1810) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 1832, the keel of the original ship was used to build a new ship, which was called MACEDONIAN II. It was a 36 gun frigate that came into service in 1836.
The ship was converted to a sloop-of-war in the early 1850s, and accompanied Commodore Perry to the Far East. During the Civil War, it was mostly in the West India Squadron. It continued in the Navy until being sold in 1875.
USS Macedonian II
As for the ship called the MACEDONIA, I've been unable to find it among ships in the Navy. As you said, it was a privately built vessel and its connection to the Navy was probably unofficial.
There was a ship called the MACEDONIA that apparently came to grief off the Mull of Kintyre in 1881, but I have no clue if that was the same ship or not. I'd be interested to learn more.
Last edited on Sun Feb 10th, 2008 10:47 pm by Texas Defender