From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


A tribe of Indians living principally around Lake Superior. Chippewa , Ontario, was the scene of a hard-fought battle won by the Americans 5 July 1814.


 Sch: t. 70 l. 59' b. 16'

dph. 7' cpl. 15 a. 1 x 18-pdr., 2 swivels.

The first Chippewa , a schooner, was captured from the British 10 September 1813 and fitted out for service in the U.S. Navy, Acting Midshipman Robert S. Tatem in command. She cruised on Lake Erie as a part of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's Squadron. After sailing from Put-in-Bay in October with several Army officers and baggage on board, she was driven ashore by a violent squall at Black Rock, N.Y. She was burned by a British landing party 29 December 1813.


Construction of a 74-gun ship-of-the-line named Chippewa began at the Navy Yard, Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., after the signing of a contract 15 December 1814, but the ship was never launched. Uncompleted, the ship was sold 1 November 1833.

Transcribed by:
HTML conversion by: EPM
Date: 24 Jan 1999