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BORER Gun-brig Built in 1802, Bursledon.
Brig sloop in 1813.
Sold in 1815.

  • 1808 Sheerness.
  • 1813 Richard COOTE, Newfoundland.
    On the night of the 7 April 1814 a detachment of seamen and marines from LA HOGUE, MAIDSTONE, ENDYMION and BORER, all under the direction of Capt. COOTE, proceeded up the Connecticut River. They arrived at Pettipague Point early in the morning of the 8th. and, after a slight opposition from some militia they destroyed all the vessels afloat or on the stocks within 3 miles of the place, 27 in number, exceeding in total 5,000 tons.
    The Americans massed troops and militia along the river banks to prevent the return of the boats and their commander sent a letter to Capt. COOTE calling on him to surrender. The boat parties waited until nightfall then dropped down river with the stream and succeeded in passing the enemy with the loss of only two men killed and two wounded. The vessels destroyed included the brig YOUNG ANACONDA, 300 tons, the schooner CONNECTICUT, 325 tons and the schooner EAGLE of 250 tons.
  • In the autumn of 1813 Capt. COOTE harried American shipping in Long Island Sound, capturing and destroying 22 vessels in less than three months. He also explored the waters between Fisher's Island and the Connecticut shore near New London, the first time a man of war had passed through the passage. Earlier, disguised as a Swede, he captured 5 vessels off Nantucket Is. She was sold out of the service in 1815.

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