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The U.S. Brig Enterprise Captures the British Brig Boxer
Original Author: George Godsell Thresher
Created: ca. 1813
Medium: Watercolor on paper

The U.S. Brig Enterprise Captures the British Brig Boxer

The U.S.S. Enterprise, at right, captures the H.M.S. Boxer near Portland, Maine, in a naval battle that took place on September 5, 1813, during the War of 1812. In the initial exchange of canon fire, the Americans mortally wounded the Boxer's commander and inflicted heavy damage to the ship's rigging. The English surrendered their vessel after about an hour of fighting.

The Enterprise, built as a schooner in 1799, was converted to a brig—a sailing vessel with two square-rigged masts—in 1811–1812. The Boxer had been built and launched in July 1812.