tion to allow others to win honors with her. Capt. William Bainbridge was appointed his immediate successor, and was placed in command of a small squadron— the Constitution, Essex, thirty-two guns, and Hornet, eighteen.
Bainbridge sailed from Boston late in October, 1812, with the Constitution and Hornet.
the Essex was ordered to follow to designated ports, and, if the flag-ship was not found at any of them, to go on an independent cruise.
After touching at these ports, Bainbridge was off Bahia or San Salvador, Brazil,
Hull's medal. where the Hornet blockaded an English sloop-of-war, and the Constitution continued down the coast.
On Dec. 29 she fell in with the British frigate Java, forty-nine guns, Capt. Henry Lambert, one of the finest vessels in the royal navy.
They were then about 30 miles from the shore, southeast of San Salvador.
About two o'clock in the afternoon, after running upon the same tack with the Constitution, the Java bore down upon the latter with the intent