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March 21, 2013

Ship Sunk in China


Whether the Chinese paid any indemnity for the property stolen from the President Adams I do not know. But both Consul Wilcocks and Philip Ammidon were very much involved in the opium trade — carrying opium from India to China, over the strong objections of the Imperial Chinese Government.

HMS Macedonian

From a London Paper of January 4.

“Macedonian Frigate. This noble frigate, supposed to be the largest in the British navy…was lately refitted and repaired at Plymouth, and excited the admiration of professional men. Referring to the capture of the Guerriere, it has been often observed, that if any British frigate could cope with the American frigate that frigate was the Macedonian. She had 16 guns on her quarter-deck alone, her metal was of an extraordinary weight. Capt. Carden is one of the bravest officers in his majesty’s service,” &c.&c.

COMMENT: As I suspect most of the Otsego Herald’s readers knew, HMS Macedonian was defeated and captured on Oct. 25, 1812, by the American Frigate United States, and was taken into the American Navy — in which she served until 1826.

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