Occupation of Rhode Island

6th December 1776 - 8th December 1776
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Battle of Valcour Isand 11.10.1776
Next action : Oliver Cromwell vs Beaver 19.5.1777

The occupation of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay by a British squadron. the expedition weighed from Long Island Sound omn the 6th, Sailed up Narragansett Passage on the 8th and commenced the landing of 7,000 troops at 8.00am. The landings were completed by 3.00pm.

The American squadron present at Newport, sailed up Narragansett Bay to Providence where it was blockaded for over a year.


Great Britain - Sir Peter Parker (1715-1811)

British Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Chatham (50) Tobias Caulfield (c.1739-1781)Fleet Flagship
Preston (50) Samuel Uppleby (c.1733-1780)
Centurion (50) Richard Brathwaite (c.1728-1805)
Renown (50) Francis Banks (c.1730-1777)
Experiment (50) James Wallace (c.1732-1803)
British Escorts, William Hotham (1736-1813)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Brune (32) James Ferguson (1723-1793)
Cerberus (28) John Symons (c.1732-1799)
Mercury (20) James Montagu (1752-1794)
Kingfisher (14) Alexander Graeme (1741-1818)
British Transports

A total of 51 vessels carrying 7,000 troops.

Ship NameCommanderNotes

United States of America - Esek Hopkins

American Squadron

Includes a 16-gun brig, as well as several schooners and sloops.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Warren (32) Esek Hopkins (d.1802)
Columbus (28) Abraham Whipple (1733-1819)
Providence (28) Hoysteed Hacker



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