Today in American history: the burning of the USS Philadelphia (1804)

It seems pretty odd to imagine a modern-day aircraft carrier or guided missile cruiser falling into the hands of an enemy during wartime, but that’s pretty much what happened in the case of the Philadelphia. She was one of the biggest ships in the (admittedly still small) American navy, but more importantly she was more powerful than anything the Tripolitanians had in their fleet. The possibility that she could be repurposed as a weapon against the US was deemed too big a risk to take, and so it was decided that the navy should undertake a mission to either steal her back or make sure she never sailed again.

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