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    Default USS Essex

    A smaller frigate raiding the British whaling fleet in the Pacific during the War of 1812:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1XoIrPxWjI

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    A very interesting video Jason.
    Plenty of scope for some excellent actions in an unusual setting.

    Did you watch the following video on Constitution?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBGxpRvAkfA

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The attack on the whaling fleet was the basis for the Acheron in "Master and Commander". Of course Essex was a smaller frigate. Here is a good book (and light reading) book about the building and career of the Essex:


    https://www.amazon.com/USS-Essex-Bir...1240497&sr=8-2

    Lastly we can't forget about the action off Valparaiso where the shortcomings of the carronade main battery became apparent (something that Porter was against).

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    That was a good video, Jason. Thank you for posting the link.

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    Eric,

    I second the book recommendation. Nice read on the Essex, focusing on more than just Captain Porter's exploits, but of course that takes up most of the narrative.

    James

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