Saturday, May 14, 2011

Libya: Been There, Done That

From the National Museum of the U.S. Navy:
Painting titled “Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat” by Dennis Malone Carter. United States Navy Lieutenant Stephen Decatur and his men from USS Enterprise attacking the Barbary pirate ketch Mistico on 23 December 1803.
File:Decatur Boarding the Tripolitan Gunboat.jpg
Via Wikipedia

That descriptor above the painting may be in error.
Young Decateur was a boarding-and-capturing kind of guy. According to American Heritage this is one of his 1804 captures.