Nominal Guns12DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
PreviouslyAmerican sloop 'Katy' (1775) (12)
Home Port 
Ship TypeSloop DANFS


7.5.1779Broadside Weight = 32 Imperial Pound ( 14.512 kg)B037
Gun Deck6 American 6-Pounder
Gun Deck6 American 4-Pounder
Gun Deck2 American 2-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.5.177983 B037

6 Commanding Officers

3.12.1775 - 10.5.1776CaptainJohn HazardDANFS10.5.1776CaptainJohn Paul Jones (1747-1792)DANFS10.5.1776 - 1777CaptainHoysteed HackerDANFS2.1777 - 1777LieutenantJonathon PitcherDANFS4.1777 - 1778CaptainJohn Peck Rathbun (1746-1782)DANFS1779 - 14.8.1779CaptainHoysteed HackerB037

1 Commissioned Officer

1776LieutenantJohn Peck Rathbun (1746-1782)DANFS

1 Petty Officer

7.11.1777 - 31.3.1778MidshipmanJames AdamsonW027

2 Marines

14.6.1776 - 8.1776Marine Second LieutenantEdmund ArrowsmithW0278.1776 - 19.10.1776Marine First LieutenantEdmund ArrowsmithW027

Service History

1.1776Departed Philadelphia, but was delayed by ice in putting to sea
17.2.1776Put to sea
4.4.1776The Flotilla took the schooner Hawk
5.4.1776The Flotilla took the brig Bolton, another brig and a sloop
6.4.1776The flotilla engaged Glasgow (20) for an hour and half, Glasgow withdrew
8.4.1776The flotilla returned to New London with its prizes
5.1776Voyage to New York carrying soldiers back to George Washington's army
13.6.1776Sailed as escort to Fly
1.8.1776Arrived in Philadelphia as escort to colliers
21.8.1776Start of an independant cruise
8.1776Took the British brigantine whaler Britannia
1.9.1776Chased by the British frigate Solebay
3.9.1776Took the Bermudan brig Sea Nymph
6.9.1776Took the brig Favourite, but she was retaken by Galatea (36)
20.9.1776Chased by the British frigate Milford
22.9.1776Arrived in Canso
6.10.1776in Newport Harbour having taken a total of 16 prizes
11.1776Sailed in company with Alfred, which was commanded by John Paul Jones
11.1776The two ships took the brig Active
11.1776The two ships took the armed transport Mellish
8.11.1776Arrived in Narragansett Bay
16.11.1776The two ships took the snow Kitty
17.11.1776Troubled by leaks the Providence headed for Rhode Island
19.11.1776Arrived in Newport
12.1776The British seized Narragansett Bay the Providence with other American vessels retired up the Providence River
2.1777Ran the British blockade abd cruised to Cape Breton where she took a transport brig
1.1778Left Georgetown NC bound for the Bahamas
27.1.1778Spiked the guns of Fort Nassau, taking stores and releasing 30 prisoners
27.1.1778Took prize a 16-gun ship and retook five other vessels
30.1.1778Put into New Bedford with her armed prize
4.1779Ordered on a cruise in Massachusetts Bay and the coast of Maine
7.5.1779Took the British Brig Diligent (12)
7.5.1779Providence vs Diligent
7.5.1779Took the Unrated Sloop Diligent (12)
19.7.1779Departed Boston as part of Commodore Dudley Saltonstall's squadron
25.7.1779Entered Penobscot Bay
14.8.1779Destroyed by her crew in Penobscot Bay to prevent her failing into the hands of the British

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1775/12/031776First American Flottilla 1775Esek Hopkins (d.1802)


DANFSDictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
TNARThe Navy of the American RevolutionCharles Oscar PaulinDigital Book
B037A Naval History of the American RevolutionGardner Weld AllenDigital Book
W027American War of Independence at SeaKen KellowWeb Site

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