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Commodore Preble pitcher, ca. 1805

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

This pitcher commemorates Commodore Edward Preble's role in the Battle of Tripoli.The reverse side shows the battle, and reads, "Commodore Prebles squadron attacking the city of Tripoli Aug 3 1804."

Below the image reads, "The American Squadron under Commodore Preble Consisting of the Constitution of 44 Guns 2 Brigs 3/Schooners 2 Bombs and 6 Gun Boats Attacking the City and Harbour of Tripoli Aug 3, 1804 the City was defended/by Batteries Mounting 115 Pieces of heavy Cannon and the Harbour by 19 Gun Boats 2 Brigs 2 Schooners 2 Gallies and/a Zebeck the City Received Great Damage Several of the Tripolitan Vessels were Sunk 3 of their Gun Boats taken and a Great/Number of Men Killed."

Other Information


  • Title: Commodore Preble pitcher, ca. 1805
  • Creator: Herculaneum Pottery
  • Creation Date: circa 1805
  • Subject Date: 1804-08-03
  • Town: Tripoli
  • Media: Ceramic
  • Dimensions (cm): 21 x 21
  • Local Code: 1319*
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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