USS Growler (1812)

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Name: USS Growler
Launched: As Experiment
Acquired: Purchased, 1812
Fate: Captured by the British, 10 August 1813
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Hamilton
Acquired: 10 August 1813
Fate: Re-captured by the Americans, 5 October 1813
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Name: Growler
Acquired: 5 October 1813
Fate: Captured by the British, 5 May 1814
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Hamilton
Acquired: 5 May 1814
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 53 long tons (54 t)
Propulsion: Sail
Armament: • 4 × 4-pounder guns
• 1 × 32-pounder carronade

The first USS Growler (1812) was a 53-ton wooden schooner of 5 guns, which served in the War of 1812, changing hands three times.

Growler was purchased as Experiment on Lake Ontario during 1812, and was first commanded by Sailing Master M.P. Mix. She was actively employed with Chauncey's squadron on Lake Ontario from 1812 to 1814. Growler took part in attacks on Kingston, York, and Fort George and the engagement with the British squadron 7–11 August 1813.

She was captured by the British on 10 August 1813, and recaptured on 5 October 1813 by USS Sylph, Growler was libelled and purchased by the United States Navy, rejoining the squadron.

The British captured her again 5 May 1814 at Oswego, New York, and she was taken into the Royal Navy as HMS Hamilton.