On February 16 1804 Volunteers led by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur infiltrated Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia. The raiding party succeeded in burning the frigate, and escaped without any loss of life. England’s Lord Nelson called it “the most daring act of the age.”
This oil on canvas by Edward Moran (1829-1901) depicts Philadelphia afire, with Intrepid making its escape. NHHC image KN-10849.