Commodore William Bainbridge During his long career in the navy, he served under six presidents and commanded several famous ships, including USS Constitution. Saw service in the Barbary Wars and the War of
The first USS Essex of the United States Navy was a 36-gun or 32-gun sailing frigate that participated in the Quasi-War with France, the First Barbary War, and in the War of 1812. The British captured her in 1814 and she then served as HMS Essex until sold at public auction on 6 June 1837. Commissioned: 17 December 1799. Captured: 28 March 1814.