Nominal Guns30DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Keel Laid Down3.1776DANFS
First Commissioned1779E-WIKI
Home Port E-WIKI
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardChatham - Connecticut DANFS
ConstructorCotton JohnE-WIKI
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate E-WIKI
Sailing RigShip RiggedE-WIKI


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Burthen700Tons BM 


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

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
1776199 E-WIKI

1 Commanding Officer

20.9.1776 - 28.8.1781CaptainJames NicholsonDANFS

3 Commissioned Officers

1781 - 25.8.1781First LieutenantRichard Dale (1756-1826)E-WIKI28.8.1781LieutenantAlexander Murray (d.1828)28.8.1781LieutenantChristopher Raymond Perry (1761-1818)

1 Petty Officer

1781 - 28.8.1781MidshipmanGraves HosmerDANFS

5 Crewmen

3.1776 - 1777SeamanJohn Case Marvin1777SeamanNathan Gould17.4.1777 - 28.8.1781LandsmanWilliam Webb1780SeamanDavid Lockwood1780 - 28.8.1781SeamanJohn Trevett

1 Marine

10.9.1776 - 1776SergeantGeorge T Sloan

Service History

1776Lay in the Connecticut River at Old Saybrook unable to get across the mouthE-WIKI
1779Fitted for sea at at New London, Conn., under the direction of Nathaniel ShawDANFS
1779Floated over bar with casks then outfitted in New LondonE-WIKI
5.1780Sailed in Atlsantic Ocean on first cruise
6.1780Engaged British 32-guns letter-of-marque Watt in indecisive action, 8 killed, 31 wounded
1.6.1780Trumbull vs Watt
14.6.1780Reached Nantasket to effect repairsDANFS
1781Remained inactive in Philadelphia for first part of the yearE-WIKI
8.8.1781Sailed as convoy to 28 merchantmen, accompanied by a 24-gunned privateer and a 14-gun letter-of-marque
9.8.1781Taken by Iris (28)
28.8.1781Attacked and taken by the Iris and the General MonkDANFS
28.8.1781Struck and taken under tow to New York but not bought in due to severe damageE-WIKI


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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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