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The Mashouda or Meshuda was the Algerian fleet flagship during the Second Barbary War. Stephen Decatur captured it in June 1815, which led to a favorable American position from which to bargain with the Dey of Algiers.[1][2] Lloyd's List reported that the Algerine frigate Mezoura, which had been under the command of the Algerine admiral, had arrived at Carthagena on 20 June as a prize to Decatur's squadron. The newspaper also reported that Decatur's squadron had run another Spanish frigate onshore near Carthagena.[3]

The ship's name is a form of "Massouda", an Arabic female first name.

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  1. ^ Leiner, Frederic C. (2007). The End of Barbary Terror, America's 1815 War against the Pirates of North Africa. Oxford University Press, 2007. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-0-19-532540-9. 
  2. ^ US Naval Institute; Commodore Stephen Decatur and the War on Algiers
  3. ^ Lloyd's List, no.4987,[1] - accessed 16 May 2014.