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Old December 5th, 2017, 04:37 PM   #1

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How many men sneaked aboard and burned the Philadelphia?


I think this event in history is just awesome (my avatar is a picture of it!) but I never knew how many men actually did it. I've looked around but I couldn't find an answer. Does anyone know how many people actually went aboard and burned the ship?
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Old December 6th, 2017, 11:38 PM   #2
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That may have never been made public. Decatur had 84 men on the ship he docked near the Philadelphia.
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Old December 14th, 2017, 06:10 AM   #3

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According to this, there were 12 officers, 1 pilot and 62 men aboard the ketch Intrepid (formerly the Tripolitanian vessel Mastico)

By Decatur's account, he boarded the Philadelphia with 60 officers and men, leaving the remainder on board the Intrepid to secure her.

page 423

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?...ew=1up;seq=465

the bulk of the raiders came from Decatur's ship USS Enterprise plus 5 midshipmen from USS Constitution.

page 424 gives a list of 50 sailors and 8 marines involved.

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For further reading, Osprey have published a book about the episode,:

https://www.amazon.com/Decaturs-Bold.../dp/1849083746

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PDF Autobiography of Charles Morris, one of the midshipmen involved:

http://www.gunjones.com/Charles-Morris.pdf
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