|A Short History of HM Ship DRAGON|
|DRAGON, 74 guns, 3rd Rate, 1798
The Dragon is ship most known for its exploits along America's Eastern seaboard during the War of 1812 under her Captain Barrie (for whom Barrie, Ontario is named). The ship was the Squadron flagship during the 1813-1814 winter blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and her ship's boats participated in the celebrated defeat of Barney's Flotilla at St Leonard's Creek. The ship led the British occupation of Maine in later 1814 and also led the attacks on Cumberland Island and Point Petre Georgia in early 1815.
Prior to the American War, the Dragon had been on station in Leeward Islands since 1809 and had participated in the British recapture of Martinique, Guadaloupe, and various smaller French-held Islands.
The ship, prior to its Caribbean vacation, had been part of the Mediterrenean command. She was not at Trafalgar, but was on station off of Naples during the celebrated battle between the British Fleet under Nelson and the combined French and Spanish Fleet..
|A Short History of HM Ship SQUIRREL|
|SQUIRREL, 20 Guns, 6th Rate, 1757
The Squirrel was primarily known from its contributions to Wolfe's 1759 Campaign that ended in the capture of Quebec. The ship was one of three (along with Pembroke (Master James Cook...yeah, that one) and Centurion) that went ahead up the St Lawrence to mark the channel for the remainder of Saunders fleet. Squirrel suffered the first casualties of the Quebec campaign when the ship's cutter was captured by natives and miliciens during a failed cutting out operation at Ste Joachim when a change of wind blew the covering sloop Porcupine (Jervis) out of position to cover the assault. Squirrel spent a good portion of the Siege as the ship (anchored in the basin) closest to the city. She was also the first ship to pass upriver above the city and led raids as far a field as Deschambault (near the Richelieu Rapids). Squirrel also carried the Louisbourg Grenadiers to Wolfe's Cove and victory upon the Plains of Abraham.
The Squirrel also participated in the 1758 Siege of Louisbourg and was the ship who delivered the message of Pitt's change in war strategy for the North American theater to the Southern Colonies in the winter of 1757/58. The ship was one of the first to be overhauled at the new British Naval base at Halifax in 1760 (Halifax's Royal Navy Yard opened in 1759).
Squirrel had previously in the century, (as a 24 gun, 6th rate) been blessed with having Captains who went on to much fame. Lord Anson had been a commander of the ship in the early 1730's at Charleston SC (before his circumnavigation and ascendency to the post of First Lord of the Admiralty). Peter Warren (the conqueror of Louisbourg 1745) also commanded Squirrel at the beginning of the War of Jenkins Ear. So Squirrel had the distinction of being a ship commanded by the two wealthiest "prize-takers" (Anson and Warren) in the history of the RN. Francis Geary, who commanded the Channel fleet for a time during the War of American Independence, also commanded Squirrel during the War of Austrian Succession. Thomas Smart, who presided over the trial of Bellamy's surviving pirates in the celebrated 1719 Boston trial was Captain of the Squirrel at the time.