IN A COLLABORATION WITH THE NAVAL HERITAGE SOCIETY
PALM BEACH MARITIME MUSEUM IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
THE EXHIBITION OF A SCALE MODEL OF THE PROPOSED
SAILING SCHOOL SHIP FOR PALM BEACH MARITIME ACADEMY AT
THE PALM BEACH MARITIME MUSEUM IN CURRIE PARK
The model is full-rigged and stands 13-feet tall
The original Hornet was designed as a brig by Joshua Fox and built by William Price in Baltimore Maryland in 1805. For service in the War of 1812 she was rerigged as a ship. The vessel was armed with 18 32-pdr carronades and two long 18-pdr cannon.
Hornet rendered conspicuous service during the War of 1812. Early in the conflict she served with Commodore John Rodgers' squadron, capturing the privateer Dolphin in July 1812. Later in the year she blockaded the British sloop of war Bonne Citoyenne at Bahia, Brazil, and on 24 February 1813 defeated and sank HMS Peacock. She got to sea again in mid-November 1814 and sailed to the south Atlantic. On 23 March 1815, off Tristan da Cunha Island, USS Hornet captured the British sloop Penguin.
In 1818-1819 Hornet operated in the West Indies and the Mediterranean. She participated in the anti-piracy campaign on the African coast and in the Caribbean during the 1820s. Hornet was lost in a hurricane in 1829 while trying to evacuate U.S. diplomats from Tampico during the war with Mexico. From the Patriot Files
WILL BE A US COAST GUARD CERTIFIED SAILING SCHOOL VESSEL TO CREATE AN ARENA WHERE CHARACTER IS FORMED
THE EXHIBITION WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE ACTUAL 24-K GILDED
EAGLE FIGUREHEAD FOR THE SAILING SCHOOL SHIP HORNET
by Master Carver Mike Schaefer
General Andrew Jackson presided at Pensacola with the USS Hornet firing a 21-gun salute, a lavish dinner on her deck, and the transportation the last Spanish dignitaries to Havana at the close of the official ceremony.
On July 17, 1821, in the third and most important transfer ceremony, the official transfer of West Florida to the United States occurred in Plaza Ferdinand VII at Pensacola. This ceremony was especially significant because it was the only one in which the Spanish territorial governor participated and after the ceremony an official proclamation announced the transfer to the United States and the establishment of an American territorial government in Florida.
The transfer ceremony began around 10:00 am when Jackson rode to the steps of the Government House, on the site of the present City Hall, and met Spanish governor and Colonel Don José María Callava. Together the men descended the steps and entered the plaza where they walked between lines of United States and Spanish troops. While the Fourth Infantry band played “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the Spanish flag was lowered to half-staff and the United States flag was raised to a level with it. Soldiers lowered the Spanish flag and raised the United States flag to full staff while the USS Hornet in Pensacola Bay fired a 21-gun salute.
After the ceremony, General Jackson officially proclaimed the establishment of the Florida territory. A few days later the new territorial government was formed by General Jackson for the United States. From the National Park Service Website
The School Ship USS HORNET will be the
SAILING AMBASSADOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
of Goodwill, Trade, and Education for the State of Florida
PALM BEACH MARITIME MUSEUM
Currie Park, 2400 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33407
Phone: 561 832-7428