The United States had been independent less than 50 years, when it found itself again battling Britain in the War of 1812. England had been raiding American ships and even pressing sailors against their will to serve on English ships. The American Navy was aided by licensed private vessels that were captained by privateers who were authorized to detain and seize enemy ships and their goods. One of these ships was the Dash which sailed from Freeport, Maine, a merchant ship which was hurriedly outfitted with guns.
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