August 19, 1812
USS CONSTITUTION DEFEATS HMS GUERRIERE
USS Constitution versus HMS Guerriere
Painting by Anton Otto Fischer
Department of the Navy
Naval Historical Center
According to the latest reports, as the Constitution pulled up alongside the Guerriere, Captain Issac Hull shouted:
"Now, boys, pour it into them!"
The HMS Guerriere, a frigate with 49 guns, lost sail & debris from her rigging fell into the water.
Men on both ships said that the cannon balls fired from the British ship "bounced off" the sides of the USS Constitution.
As the Guerriere was left a virtual wreck, British Captain James Richard Dacres, who was wounded by a musket ball in the back, struck his flag & surrendered.
Dacres was taken aboard the Constitution where he offered his sword.
Captain Hull, who knew Dacres personally before the war, graciously declined to accept it.*
*Source: www.aviationartstore.com, Research by Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette.
Massachusetts, in addition to Revere's contributions, provided sails, gun carriages & anchors.