Today’s Document from the National Archives

Document for August 16th:
"Draft of the U.S.S. Schooner 'Grampus,' building at Navy Yard, Washington, DC"


"Draft of the U.S.S. Schooner 'Grampus,' building at Navy Yard, Washington, DC" Designed by Henry Eckford, Drawing by Charles Cassell, December 22, 1820, Ink on paper 25" x 38 1/2"; Records of the Bureau of Ships, 1940 - 1966; Record Group 19; National Archives.

On August 16, 1822, during its first cruise, the schooner USS Grampus encountered a Puerto Rico-based pirate ship flying Spanish colors and sailing under bogus privateer papers. The American ship quickly reduced the outlaw vessel to a floating wreck.

Sailmaker Charles Cassell drew this plan showing the size and shape of the schooner's sails.

More about the USS Grampus in Designs for Democracy...
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