Thursday, June 18, 2015


18 June 2015: On this date, in 1812, James Madison, after receiving approval from Congress, declared war on Great Britain. It began quickly ashore with a dismally failed 3 prong attack into Canada. At sea, the navy had better success, with USS Constitution meeting and besting HMS Guerriere in August. It was here that Constitution won her long standing nickname, Old Ironsides, when her sailors realized that the British iron shot was bouncing off her sides.

Constitution and Guerriere
The war would continue until the two nations agreed to a peace, 24 December 1814 in what is now Ghent Belgium,  but the final battle (land) was fought in New Orleans in early January, 1815.
Andrew Jackson at New Orleans

Word of the peace had yet to reach the United States.

The war really proved little, but it did bring world-wide respect to the fledgling United States when they took on the mightiest nation in the world and fought them to essentially a draw. Our ships were now able to trade throughout the world in safety.

Wellington at Waterloo
And speaking of Belgium, June 18th also marks another important world anniversary, the Battle of Waterloo. You remember that, right? It was when the Iron Duke, the Duke of Wellington, combined with Prussian General Gebhard von Blucher to finally wind up Napoleon Bonaparte's 100 days of "resurgence" when he escaped from exile and tried to complete the mission he had begun in the late 1799. He was returned to exile, this time in the remote St. Helena, where he died.

And speaking of things French, I am sure that everyone is probably aware that l'Hermione made it successfully across the pond and is now touring the East Coast of the United States. While we did publish her schedule a while back (April, I think) I have been asked many times to reprint it.

 Hermione (left) will be in Baltimore MD 19-21 June, Philadelphia 25-28 June, then on to New York City 1-4 July, Greenport (Long Island) NY 6-7 July. She will be in Newport RI 8-9 July then Boston 10-12 July. From there, the ship will make her way to Nova Scotia with a stop in Castine Maine on the way.

Most of these visits will include several units of the TALL SHIPS AMERICA so it is clearly worth your while to have a look.

Until next time, friends, I wish you

                                       Fair Winds,
                                             Old Salt

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