Captain John Rodgers, like Broke, was one of the best officers, and the "Weehawken," like the "Shannon," was known as one of the smartest ships in the service.
Rodgers, Education in the Hawaiian Islands (Honolulu, 1897); Henry E.
When it began two small squadrons were getting ready for sea at New York; the frigate "President" (44) and sloop "Hornet" (18), under Commodore John Rodgers, who had also the general command; and the frigates "United States" (44) and "Congress" (38), with the brig "Argus" (16) to which two guns were afterwards added, under Captain Stephen Decatur.
Rodgers would have preferred to keep his command together, and to strike with it at the main course of British commerce, but he was overruled.
On the 8th of October Rodgers and Decatur sailed - the first on a cruise to the east, the second to the south.