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Craney Island, operations at On June 1, 1813, Admiral Sir J. Borlase Warren entered the Chesapeake with a considerable reinforcement for the marauding squadron of Sir George Cockburn (q. v.), bearing a large number of land troops and marines. There were twenty ships of the line and frigates and several smaller British war-ves
mand the strait.
At the same time, fifty large barges, filled with 1,500 sailors and marines, were seen approaching from the British ships.
They were led by Admiral Warren's beautiful barge Centipede (so called because of her numerous oars), and made for the narrow strait between Craney Island and the main.
Faulkner had his art the invaders were within proper distance his great guns were opened upon them with terrible effect.
The British were repulsed, and hastened back to their ships.
Warren's barge, which had a 3-pounder swivel-gun at the bow, with four others, was sunk in the shallow water, when some American seamen, under the direction of Lieutenan