A Change of Strategy

Cutler, Thomas J.
August 2009
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Aug2009, Vol. 135 Issue 8, p93
Conference Proceeding
The article focuses on the naval strategy used by U.S. Navy Master Commandant David Porter in commanding the 32-gun frigate Essex in a lone-boat warfare against the armada of British warships during the War or 1812. It states that Porter disguised his ship to look like a merchant vessel when he encountered a British convoy heading for Quebec for reinforcement. It cites that Porters' strategy succeeded in destroying several British warships during the remainder of the war.


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