|Prince de Neufchatel - War of 1812 American Privateer|
This site is dedicated to the brave souls who crewed a great American ship. Here you will find the historical account of the famous 1812 privateer, information about her Captain and the namesake.
On occasion, I receive mail asking if I have more information about the ship or crew; unfortunately I have nothing more to contribute. I welcome knowledge and encourage you to let this website provide a way for others to benefit from that knowledge. Of course, you will receive credit for your contribution.
The site also serves as a source of data and photos about a 1:24 scale, wind powered, radio control model of the ship. Many of the photos are of the first known Prince de Neufchatel RC kit to be completed and launched. I include my experiences in the construction of this kit, hopefully to provide insight and some helpful tips for those interested in future builds.
(All articles, photos, drawings, etc, that are not original work, are reproduced here with express written permission from their sources, where possible, and the sources given the credit. I thank all of you for the wealth of information I am able to concentrate here. If you find something that you think is an infringement upon your copyright, and you do not wish it to be here, please let me know, and I will promptly remove it.)
Robert E Franklin
PRINCE DE NEUFCHATEL and the WAR of 1812...WHY?
Less than 40 years after the first American Revolution, America was again fighting for its independence!
> (The below is borrowed with permission from: www.usmm.org)
The War of 1812 was fought over the Merchant Marine. The British were seizing American ships on the high seas, and forcing seamen to join the British navy or merchant navy. In addition, Britain seized vessels bound for Europe that did not first call at a British port. France retaliated, confiscating vessels if they had first stopped in Britain. Together they seized nearly 1,500 American vessels between 1803 and 1812.
The War was fought by merchant ships, because the U.S. had almost no Navy. The battle cry was; "Free Trade and Sailors' Rights!" During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy and Privateers together captured 30,000 prisoners, while the American army captured 6,000 British prisoners. Privateers captured British prizes worth almost $40,000,000.
Comparison of Navy vs Privateers during War of 1812
Total guns on ships............556...............2893
Enemy ships captured........254...............1300
(The information below is used with permission from: www.modelsailingships.com)
The Prince de Neufchatel
Built at New York in 1813 this ship was one of the fastest and most successful Mercian ships of the War of 1812 (6 prizes in 6 days in the English Channel (1814); chased 17 times by men-of-war that summer, but outran them every time).
A large schooner (110' 8", 33.7m length on deck), she was typical in body plan of the American privateers. Very highly thought of by her country (she changed owners in 1814 for $21,000) as well as her enemies. When finally taken, the British copied her.>
Website creation 9/26/2004.
Moved here 12/1/2008.
Last updated 5/11/2013.
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