Nominal Guns14DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Home Port 
Ship TypeBrigantine DANFS


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck86'Imperial Feet26.2382 
Breadth24' 6"Imperial Feet7.3533 


1776Broadside Weight = 28 Imperial Pound ( 12.698 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck14 American 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1776110Established ComplementDANFS

3 Commanding Officers

7.12.1775 - 18.10.1776Captain John Barry (1745-1803)DANFS10.1776 - 20.12.1776Captain William HallockDANFS5.2.1777 - 19.9.1777Captain Henry JohnsonTRN4

Service History

26.3.1776Dropped down the DelwareDANFS
6.4.1776Left for sea through the blockadeDANFS
7.4.1776Took the Tender Edward
5.5.1776Off the Delaware Capes, Roebuck (44) and Liverpool (28) chased Lexington for 8 hours and came close enough to exchange fire with the American ship before Barry managed to elude his pursuers and reach Philadelphia safely.DANFS
10.7.1776Put to seaDANFS
27.7.1776Took the Privateer Lady Susan
9.1776Took the sloop BetsyDANFS
26.9.1776Anchored off Philadelphia to repair damage caused by a lightning strikeDANFS
20.12.1776Taken by Pearl (32)
25.12.1776Retaken by her crew and sailed into BaltimoreDANFS
20.2.1777Sailed for France, taking two prizes before arriving in BordeauxDANFS
28.5.1777Sailed from France for Ireland in company with Reprisal (18) and Dolphin (10) DANFS
18.6.1777Off the Mull of KintyreDANFS
13.9.1777Left FranceDANFS
19.9.1777Alert vs Lexington

Notes on Ship

Merchant brig Wild Duck purchased for the Maryland Committee of Safety at St. Eustatius in the Dutch West Indies in February 1776. She soon got underway for the Delaware Capes and reached Philadelphia 9 March with a cargo of sorely needed powder for the patriot forces where she was purchased and turned over to Wharton and Humphrey for fitting out.


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