April 20, 1814 – This Day During The War of 1812 – USS Frolic versus HMS Orpheus and HMS Shelburne

April 20, 1814 – USS Frolic versus HMS Orpheus and HMS Shelburne
While in the Florida Strait on 20 April 1814, Frolic encountered the British 36-gun frigate HMS Orpheus and 12-gun schooner HMS Shelburne. Frolic beat away to southward, making for the coast of Cuba as the two British ships gave chase. Frolic’s men labored to lighten their ship, cutting away the starboard anchor, and casting overboard the guns mounted on her port (lee) side and small arms. Overtaken after six hours, Frolic was forced to surrender to the superior British force when about 15 miles off Matanzas, Cuba.

USS Frolic versus HMS Orpheus and HMS Shelburne

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