Hellfire in Tripoli Author:Edwin P. Hoyt "Lt.Stephen Decatur, U.S.N. — He was the captain of one of two small American ships anchored off the seaport city of Tripoli on a February night in 1804. For years, the Barbary Pirates had been based here, a plague to shipping. Now the pirates had captured an American frigate, imprisoned her captain, and were planning to use the ship against the ... more »Americans!
Decatur had planned well for this night. His ship was crammed with combustibles and explosives. He was disguised a a villainous-looking Maltese and heavily armed. Only his crew and the captain of the other ship knew his identity.
Here is the true, exciting and dramatic story of Decatur's exploits that cold winter night - exploits which Lord Nelson called the most daring of the Barbary Wars. No one thought he could achieve his goals and live to fight again. They were to learn more about the intelligence, bravery and adventurous spirit of Lt.Stephen Decatur."« less