From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


The popular name for numerous varieties of many-legged insects.

Gy: t. 70 l. 75' b. 15'

dph. 4' cpl. 40 a. 1 x 24-pdr., 1 x 18-pdr. col.

The galley Centipede was launched by Adam and Noah Brown, Vergennes, Vt., about June 1814, and was commissioned later in that year, Sailing Master Daniel Hazard in command.

Centipede was part of the force commanded by Commodore Thomas Macdonough which decisively defeated a British squadron on 11 September 1814 in the Battle of Lake Champlain. This great naval victory forced the British to abandon plans for an overland march thrusting into the United States from Canada.

Following the war, Centipede was laid up, and the galley was sold at Whitehall, N.Y., in 1825.

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Date: 26 Jan 1999