Recent updates

Recent Comments



Nominal Guns30DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
ShipyardPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania NDARI
Ship TypeShipDANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
British armed ship 'Alfred' (1778) (20) 1778-1782
British 20 Gun
Unrated Armed Ship


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW027
Length of Gundeck92' 0"Imperial Feet28.0416 
Breadth27' 0"Imperial Feet8.2296 
Draught Aft18' 0"Imperial Feet5.4864 
Displacement300Imperial Feet 
Burthen440Tons BM 


1775Broadside Weight = 120 Imperial Pound ( 54.42 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck20 American 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 American 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 American 6-Pounder

11.10.1777Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)W027
Gun Deck20 American 9-Pounder

4.12.1777Broadside Weight = 108 Imperial Pound ( 48.978 kg)W027
Gun Deck20 American 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 American 6-Pounder

9.3.1778Broadside Weight = 90 Imperial Pound ( 40.815 kg)W027
Gun Deck20 American 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
18.2.1776229 W027
11.10.1777160 W027

4 Ship Commanders

3.12.1775 - 8.9.1776Captain
Dudley SaltonstallAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1845
8.9.1776 - 8.9.1775Lieutenant
Jonathon PitcherAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1845
22.10.1776 - 19.1.1777Captain
John Paul JonesAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1845
20.1.1777 - 9.3.1778Captain
Elisha HinmanAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1846

1 Flag Officer

3.12.1775 - 1776Commodore
Esek HopkinsAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1802

1 Commissioned Officer

1776 - 1777Lieutenant
John Peck RathbunAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1782

1 Marine

22.10.1776 - 20.1.1777Marine Captain
Edmund ArrowsmithAmerican
Service 1747-1847

Service History

3.3.1776Part of flotilla that captured Fort Montagu - Nassau
4.4.1776Part of flotilla that captured
Hawk 1775-1776
British Unrated Schooner
- 6 guns schooner and
Bolton (12) 1775-1776
British 12 Gun
Unrated Sloop
- 8 gun bomb

6.4.1776In action against the
Glasgow (20) 1757-1779
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship

8.4.1776Arrived New London, CT
Providence (12) 1775-1779
American 12 Gun
Unrated Sloop
parted company in need of repair

26.10.1776Left Providence, RI in company with the Hampden which soon returned to port
28.10.1776Joined by the
Providence (12) 1775-1779
American 12 Gun
Unrated Sloop
with the former crew of the Hampden

11.11.1776Took Brig Active out from Liverpool
12.11.1776Took Armed Transport Mellish - carrying uniforms for British troops in Quebec
16.11.1776Took the snow Kitty
22.11.1776Ships boats burned a transport and captured small schooner at Canso - Nova Scotia
24.11.1776Captured three Colliers of Louisburg - bound for Nova Scotia
26.11.1776Captured the John of Liverpool - 10 guns - which was sailing under a letter of marque
15.12.1776Arrived at Boston and began a refit
22.8.1777Sailed for France in company with
Raleigh (32) 1776-1778
American 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate

4.9.1777Action of 1777-09-04
6.10.1777Arrived at L'Orient having captured four small prizes on route
29.12.1777Sailed for America - taking a small sloop of the west coast of Africa
9.3.1778Taken by
Ariadne (20) 1776-1814
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship

9.3.1778Taken by
Ceres (18) 1777-1778
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
3.12.1775-1776First American Flottilla 1775
Esek HopkinsAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1802

Notes on Ship

Original Name
Originally a Merchantman called the Black Prince 1774/09 in Philadephia
First American Naval vessel
The first and largest ship to be commisioned into the Continental Navy, and was the flagship of the first American naval flotilla
It is possible that the Alfred may have been constructed by John Wharton.


Previous comments on this pageno comments to display
Make a comment about this page

Recent comments to other pages

Date postedByPage
Saturday 27th of May 2023 02:00PC Coker
Wednesday 24th of May 2023 23:09charles didham
Philemon DidhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1795-1796
Monday 22nd of May 2023 19:44Hilary
Samuel SuttonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1805
Monday 15th of May 2023 15:01Diane Oldman
John William BuckleBritish
Ship Owner
Service 1802-1847
Sunday 14th of May 2023 21:58William Maris
British sloop 'Beagle' (1804) (16) 1804-1814
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop