Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

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Intrepid: USS Intrepid; Ketch or bomb-ketch; Length: 18.3 m; 64 tons; Comp.: 64; Armament: 4 guns; France; 1798

Originally built for Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign, she was sold to Tripoli and subsequently captured by the USS Enterprise and her name changed from Mastico to USS Intrepid. After an extremely successful raid by her crew to destroy the captured USS Philadelphia in 1804 (Tripoli), she was less fortunate on her second action (as a fireship) in September of the same year, when she blew up prematurely, killing the entire crew.
Nonsuch: Ketch; Length: 11 m; 43 bm tons; Comp.: 12-24; Armament: 8 guns; Wivenhoe, Essex, England; 1650

Originally built as a merchant ship, she was purchased by the English navy in 1654 and served as an 8-gun navy ketch until 1667. She was sold to Sir William Warren in 1667 and became the vessel involved in founding the Hudson's Bay Company. A replica is on exhibit at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
Somers: USS Somers; Brig; Length: 31.4 m; 259 bm tons; Crew:120; Armament: 10x32pdr; New York, United States; 1842

Named after Richard Somers, the unfortunate commander of the ketch Intrepid which blew up at Tripoli (1804), the USS Somers was initially used as a training ship and later she blockaded Vera Cruz during the Mexican-American War. She capsized and sank in a squall while chasing a blockade-runner on December 8, 1846.

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