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This Month in Naval History


A British name retained.

(Ship: t. 1,200; 1. 147'5"; b. 37'2"; dph. 7'; cpl. 300; a.
36 guns)


Confiance was built by the British Navy for action on Lake Champlain. She was captured by the American fleet under the command of Commodore Thomas Madonough during the brilliant victory of the Battle of Lake Champlain 11 September 1814 which turned back the British invasion from Canada. Confiance received 105 round shot in her hull and was in a sinking condition when the battle was over. She was taken into Whitehall, N.Y., sunk for preservation and offered for sale. Since there was no reasonable offer for the captured vessels, Congress authorized their purchase 3 March 1815 to provide adequate prize money for those who had captured them. Confiance was taken into the Navy but never fitted out for service. Evidence regarding her disposition is conflicting, she is believed to have been sold at Whitehall in 1826.


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