government sent out the frigate Phoebe, with one or two consorts, to attempt her capture.
Porter heard of this from an officer who was sent into the harbor of Valparaiso, Chile, with prizes.
He also learned that the Chilean authorities were becoming more friendly to the English than to the Americans.
In consequence of this infd for encountering enemies, she sailed (Dec. 12) with her prizes from Nooaheevah Island (which he had named Madison), and on Feb. 3, 1814, entered the harbor of Valparaiso. One of the captured vessels, which he had armed and named Essex Junior, cruised off the harbor as a scout, to give warning of the approach of any man-of-war.
ctive ones remained—Porter hauled down his flag.
So ended the long and brilliant cruise of the Essex.
Her gallant commander wrote to the Secretary of War from Valparaiso, We have been ufortunate, but not disgraced.
He and his companions were sent home in the Essex Junior, which was made a cartel-ship, and Porter was honored as