Junius Brutus

Nominal Guns20
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorPrivate Owners
First Commissioned23.5.1780
Home PortBeverley - Massachusetts
Ship TypeShip
Sailing RigShip Rigged


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB071
Burthen200Tons BM 


1780Broadside Weight = 60 Imperial Pound ( 27.21 kg)B071
Gun Deck20 American 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
5.1780120 B071

2 Commanding Officers

5.1780 - 8.1780MasterJohn LeachB0718.1780 - 27.10.1781MasterJohn BrooksB071

Service History

18.8.1782Taken by Leocadia (36)


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
B071Beverly Privateers in the American RevolutionOctavius Thondyke HoweDigital Book

Previous comments on this page

Posted by Michael Pye on Thursday 25th of August 2016 23:55

My Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather William Pye The First Was Captured By The British Pirates On Junius Brutus Ship Year It Was 1780.

Posted by Michael Pye on Thursday 25th of August 2016 23:50

William Pye The First

Posted by Robin Mancini on Thursday 28th of April 2016 18:08

My 6th great grandfather, John Hovey, of Newbury, MA is on a list of men from Salem (less than 30 miles from Newbury so I presume it's him) who served on the Junius Brutus and were taken prisoner by "the enemy" but brought to Boston in Oct 1778 on the Silver Eel in a prisoner exchange. Do you think that means the Junius Brutus was captured twice? Or maybe only some of the prisoners were exchanged in Boston?

Posted by Jeanne Sandford on Sunday 29th of June 2014 18:19

Looking for information about impressed seamen who were held prisoner on the Junius Brutus and released in St. Johns, Nfld when the war ended in 1783.

Can anyone help?

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