Decatur’s Bold and Daring Act

Decatur’s Bold and Daring Act

The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804

Raid 22
  • Author: Mark Lardas
  • Illustrator: Steve Noon, Donato Spedaliere, Mariusz Kozik
  • Short code: RAID 22
  • Publication Date: 20 Jul 2011
  • Number of Pages: 80
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On a dark night in 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur and a team of hand-picked men, slipped into Tripoli harbor in a small boat. Their target was the USS Philadelphia. Captured by the Barbary pirates four months previously, the Philadelphia had been refitted to fight against her former masters. Decatur's mission was to either recapture the ship, or failing that, burn her to the waterline. This book recounts one of the greatest raids in American military history, an event that propelled Stephen Decatur to international renown, and which prompted Horatio Nelson to declare it 'the most bold and daring act of the age'.

Biographical Note

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.

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