The voyage of the U.S.S. Ontario, 1817-19, is unique in the annals of the American Navy, for she is the only vessel ever dispatched after a war to repossess American territory taken by the enemy. She was the first federal naval vessel to visit the west coast of the present United States, and the second to round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific—the first being the frigate Essex, Captain David Porter. Her arrival at Valparaiso during the war for Chilean independence considerably complicated the duties of her commander, but helped to make her cruise memorable.
The Voyage of the Ontario, 1817-19
By Charles O. Paullin