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Nominal Guns14DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Ship TypeBrigantineDANFS


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 Ship Commanders

7.12.1775 - 18.10.1776Captain
John BarryAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1803
10.1776 - 20.12.1776Captain
William HallockAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1846
5.2.1777 - 19.9.1777Captain
Henry JohnsonAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1847

Service History

26.3.1776Dropped down the DelwareDANFS
6.4.1776Left for sea through the blockadeDANFS
7.4.1776Took the Tender
Edward 1776-1776
British Unrated Tender

5.5.1776Off the Delaware Capes,
Roebuck (44) 1774-1811
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
Liverpool (28) 1758-1778
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
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.
10.7.1776Put to seaDANFS
27.7.1776Took the Privateer
Lady Susan 1776-1776
British Privateer Unknown

9.1776Took the sloop BetsyDANFS
26.9.1776Anchored off Philadelphia to repair damage caused by a lightning strikeDANFS
20.12.1776Taken by
Pearl (32) 1762-1832
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1825 Renamed "Prothee"

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) 1776-1777
American 18 Gun
Unrated Brig
Dolphin (10) 1777-1777
American 10 Gun
Unrated Cutter
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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