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Encyclopedia > HMS Devastation (1804)

HMS Devastation was an 8-gun Royal Navy bomb vessel purchased in 1804 and sold in 1816. This was one of the ships involved in the attack on Fort McHenry in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. She also participated in the bombardments of Fort Washington, Maryland and St. Marys, Georgia in 1814. Her commander in these actions was Thomas Alexander. The Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is the oldest of the British armed services (and is therefore the Senior Service). ... Bomb vessels attacking Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore A bomb ketch, bomb vessel, bomb ship, or simply bomb was a type of wooden sailing naval ship. ... 1804 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Fort McHenry Fort McHenry, in Maryland, is a star fort best known for its role in the War of 1812, when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy in Chesapeake Bay. ... Combatants Great Britain United States of America Commanders Robert Ross† Alexander Cochrane Arthur Brooke Samuel Smith John Stricker George Armistead Strength 5,000 2,000 (Baltimore defenses) 1,000 (Fort McHenry garrison) Casualties 46 dead, 300 wounded 310 killed or wounded In the Battle of Baltimore, one of the turning... Combatants United States Great Britain Canada Bermuda Eastern Woodland Indians Commanders James Madison Henry Dearborn Jacob Brown Winfield Scott Andrew Jackson George Prevost Isaac Brock† Tecumseh† Strength •U.S. Regular Army: 35,800 •Rangers: 3,049 •Militia: 458,463* •US Navy & US Marines: (at start of war): •Frigates:6 •Other... Main gate of the fort Fort Washington, located near Fort Washington, Maryland, was for many decades the only defensive fort protecting Washington D.C. The original fort was completed in 1809. ... St. ... Thomas M. Alexander (born September 8, 1952 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. ...


  • Naval History of Great Britain, Volume VI



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