Nominal Guns30DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Keel Laid Down1776/03DANFS
First Commissioned1779
Home Port EWIKI
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardChatham DANFS
ConstructorCotton JohnEWIKI
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Burthen700Tons BM 


1776Broadside Weight = 162 Imperial Pound ( 73.467 kg)EWIKI
Gun Deck24 American 12-Pounder
Gun Deck6 American 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1776199 EWIKI

Commanding Officers

1776/09/20 - 1781/08/28CaptainJames NicholsonDANFS

Commissioned Officers

1781 - 1781/08/25First LieutenantRichard DaleEWIKI1781/08/28LieutenantAlexander Murray1781/08/28LieutenantChristopher Raymond Perry

Petty Officers

1781 - 1781/08/28MidshipmanGraves HosmerDANFS


1776/03 - 1777SeamanJohn Case Marvin1777SeamanNathan Gould1777/04/17 - 1781/08/28LandsmanWilliam Webb1780SeamanDavid Lockwood1780 - 1781/08/28SeamanJohn Trevett


1776/09/10 - 1776SergeantGeorge T Sloan

Service History

1776Lay in the Connecticut River at Old Saybrook unable to get across the mouthEWIKI
1779Fitted for sea at at New London, Conn., under the direction of Nathaniel ShawDANFS
1779Floated over bar with casks then outfitted in New LondonEWIKI
1780/05Sailed in Atlsantic Ocean on first cruise
1780/06Engaged British 32-guns letter-of-marque Watt in indecisive action, 8 killed, 31 wounded
1780/06/01Trumbull vs Watt
1780/06/14Reached Nantasket to effect repairsDANFS
1781Remained inactive in Philadelphia for first part of the yearEWIKI
1781/08/08Sailed as convoy to 28 merchantmen, accompanied by a 24-gunned privateer and a 14-gun letter-of-marque
1781/08/09Taken by Iris (28)
1781/08/28Attacked and taken by the Iris and the General MonkDANFS
1781/08/28Struck and taken under tow to New York but not bought in due to severe damageEWIKI


DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
EWIKI WikipediaVariousWeb Site

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Steven Bacon on Sunday 12th of February 2017 17:05

Review of Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Application Files 1800-1900 showed Jacob Bamper (b. 1757) served as a midshipman on the Trumbull, embarking from Philadelphia on the cruise during which Trumbull was taken by the Iris. Can Jacob Bamper be included as crew of this vessel?


Steve Bacon

Posted by Brian on Wednesday 23rd of December 2015 18:07

We are informed from the Marine Office, that on the 29th day of November last, the Court appointed to enquire into the cause of the loss of the Trumbull frigate, by capture, made their report "that the loss of the said frigate did not proceed from neglect of duty, or cowardice of Capt. Nicholson, or any of his commissioned officers" with their opinion, "That everything possible was done for the honor of the flag of the United States.

Providence Gazette, Jan 12, 1782, page 2.

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