On This Date August 19, 1812- US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere

August 19, 1812 – US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere. The action
between the two ships occurred during the War of 1812, approximately 400 miles southeast of
Halifax, Nova Scotia. It took place shortly after war had broken out. Guerriere had been
detached from a squadron which had earlier failed to capture Constitution and was proceeding
to Halifax for a refit. When Guerriere encountered Constitution again, Captain James Richard
Dacres engaged, confident of victory despite the American ship being larger and more heavily
armed. During the exchange of broadsides, Guerriere was dismasted and reduced to a sinking
condition. The Americans removed the crew and set Guerriere on fire before returning to Boston
with news of the victory, which proved to be important for American morale

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