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Otho Norris

Death 29 Sep 1829
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: USS Hornet
Memorial ID 94344924 · View Source
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Otho Norris, Master Commandant, US Nacy, War of 1812

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900about Otho Norris
Name: Otho Norris
Rank Information: Midshipman, Lieutenant, Master Commandant, Lost in the Hornet
Service Dates: 16 Jan 1809, 24 Jul 1813, 3 Mar 1827
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)

Lt. Otho Norris, Norris entered the navy as a midshipman January 16, 1809. He was promoted to Lieutenant July 24, 1813. After the war he made master commandant March 3, 1827, and was lost when the USS Hornet sunk on September 11, 1829 off Tampico.

The third USS Hornet was a brig-rigged sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. Later, however, she was re-rigged as a ship.

Hornet was launched on 28 July 1805 in Baltimore and commissioned on 18 October. She fought in the War of 1812 under command of James Lawrence, who later (while commanding Chesapeake) gave the United States Navy their famous motto "Don't give up the ship."

War of 1812

At the outbreak of war Hornet sailed under Lawrence's command on a raiding voyage to South America. She captured the privateer Dolphin on 9 July 1812, although the British recaptured the ship shortly afterwards. Hornet assisted in the blockade of HMS Bonne Citoyenne in the harbor at Salvador, Brazil, and on 24 February 1813 she sank HMS Peacock after a brief battle off Guyana. Following this she returned to New London.

On 14 November 1814, under new command, Hornet sailed on a second raiding voyage to the South Atlantic. On 23 March 1815, she captured HMS Penguin in a short battle off Tristan da Cunha. This was one of several naval engagements that took place after the war had ended. On 27 April, she engaged HMS Cornwallis, having mistakenly identified her as a merchant vessel. Hornet managed to escape by throwing overboard boats, guns and other equipment so to enable higher speed.

Following the war, she took part in anti-piracy patrols in the Caribbean. Hornet sank in a storm off Tampico, Mexico on 29 September 1829 with the loss of all on board.

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  • Created by: Rubbings
  • Added: 28 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94344924
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Otho Norris (unknown–29 Sep 1829), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94344924, ; Maintained by Rubbings (contributor 47671529) Body lost at sea, who reports a USS Hornet.