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USS Chippewa

Four United States Navy ships have borne the USS Chippewa, after the Chippewa Indians, and a battle in the War of 1812.

Construction of a 74-gun ship of the line named Chippewa began at the Navy Yard, Sacketts Harbor, New York[?], after the signing of a contract 15 December 1814, but the ship was never launched. Uncompleted, the ship was sold 1 November 1833.

Sailing from Boston 27 November 1816 for the Gulf of Mexico to join the frigate Congress, Chippewa ran aground on an uncharted reef in the Bahamas and sank 12 December 1816 without loss of life.

This article includes information collected from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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