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Choctaw19 Aug 2022 6:11 a.m. PST

On this date in history the U.S.S. Constitution defeated the HMS Guerriere. Guerriere was a crack ship but couldn't match the construction and elite crew of Constitution.


Brechtel19818 Nov 2022 4:45 a.m. PST

After a solid string of victories, both fleet and ship-to-ship, over the French navy beginning in 1793, British training and gunnery had fallen off.

The defeat of the Guerriere was the first in a long string of US victories in ship-to-ship engagements that lasted throughout the war.

The US Navy didn't always win, but they won the overwhelming majority of the ship-to-ship engagements with the Royal Navy which undoubtedly shocked the British naval establishment.

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