Penobscot Expedition

24th July 1779 - 12th August 1779
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Previous action : Battle of Grenada 6.7.1779
Next action : Siege of Savannah 9.9.1779 - 18.10.1779


United States of America

Continental Navy Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Massachussetts Navy Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Black Prince (18)  
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Defence (16) John Edmonds
Diligent (12) Philip Brown

Great Britain

Royal Navy Vessels
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Blonde (32) Andrew Barkley (c.1737-1790)
Greyhound (28) Archibald Dickson (c.1739-1803)
Virginia (28) Sir John Orde (1751-1824)
Camilla (20) John Collins (c.1734-1794)
Galatea (20) James Reid (c.1733-1798)
Nautilus (16) Thomas Farnham (d.1793)
North (16)  
Albany (16) Henry Mowat (1734-1798)



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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 4th of March 2014 23:58

American privateer Sky Rocket present at Penobscot taking part in the 1st attack on Albany, Nautilus and North

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 4th of March 2014 21:11

Charming Sally brig, Massachusetts Privateer captain Alexander Holmes. [300 tons, Twenty 9-pounders (Riess 1999); Eighteen 9-pounders (Allen 1927); Twenty-two 9 and 6- pounders (Calef 1910); Twenty 9 and 6-pounders (Buker 2002] destroyed in Penobscot river

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 17th of February 2014 21:27

The Nautilus, Albany and North had accompanied Blonde on the original troop landing and remained to protect the harbour

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 17th of February 2014 21:09

American vessels present include Continental frigate Warren Commodore. Saltonstall, artillery brig Samuel master James Brown [burnt]
, and Hampden New Hampshire State brig [ex coal barge] and privateers Hunter and Defence) attempted
to escape along the west side of Long Island, but were cut off by Blonde, Camilla, and Galatea
and either captured or scuttled. A total of nine transports were captured. The other vessels, including Warren, Providence, and Diligent; the Massachusetts State Navy
ships Tyrannicide, Active, and Hazzard; a small number of privateers including Hector, Black Prince, Monmouth and Vengeance, and one surviving transport (the sloop Pidgeon) sailed up river only to be destroyed

Posted by Tim Oakley on Monday 17th of February 2014 20:12

The British squadron was commanded by Sir George Collier and comprised of six vessels: the 64-gun line-of-battle ship Raisonable, 32-gun frigates Blonde and Virginia, 28-gun frigate Greyhound, and 20-gun frigates Galatea and Camille. The Otter, a 14-gun sloop, accompanied the squadron from New York, but was lost in fog enroute and never arrived at the fleet’s rendezvous point at Monhegan Island

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