Nominal Guns14B037
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorMassachusetts State Navy
First Commissioned7.1776B037
ShipyardSalisbury - Massachusetts B037
Ship TypeBrigantine B037


1776Broadside Weight = 42 Imperial Pound ( 19.047 kg) 
Gun Deck14 American 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
7.177675 B037

4 Ship Commanders

7.1776 - 1776Captain John FiskB0373.1777 - 8.1778Captain Jonathon HaradenB03710.7.1778 - 29.4.1779Captain John Allen HalletB0711.5.1779 - 1779Captain John CathcartB037

4 Commissioned Officers

10.3.1777 - 8.11.1777First Lieutenant Israel ThorndikeB07110.3.1777 - 12.9.1778Lieutenant Benjamin MosesB07115.9.1777 - 1777Lieutenant John BrayB0711.4.1779 - 1.5.1779Lieutenant John CathcartB071

2 Warrant Officers

26.10.1776 - 10.3.1777Master Benjamin MosesB07122.2.1777 - 1777Master Benjamin LovettB071

1 Petty Officer

24.2.1777 - 2.1778Mate John MarshB071

Service History

8.7.1776Sailed on her first cruiseB037
12.7.1776Took the packet DispatchB037
12.7.1776Tyrannicide vs Dispatch
14.7.1776Took the Schooner Dispatch (8) off New Jersey
8.1776Cruised, taking four prizes and being chased by a British frigateB037
29.10.1776Started a new cruise having been re-rigged as a Brig instead of as a SchoonerB037
24.3.1777Sailed on cruise to the coasts of Ireland, England, and France in company with the MassachusettsB037
2.4.1777In company with the Massachusetts took the ship Chaulky in latitude 41 30 north and longitude 45 westB037
8.4.1777Took the bark Lonsdale after a three hour engagementB037
17.5.1777Engaged by an English ship, escaping to Bilbao by throwing her guns overboardB037
30.8.1777Arrived in BostonB037
30.3.1778Sailed from the West Indies for homeB037
5.1778Arrived in BostonB037
25.9.1778Took the letter of marque brig JunoB037
9.3.1779Sailed from Nantasket Roads for Martha's Vinyard, but encountered a gale off Cape Cod and ran off to the southwardB037
29.3.1779Took the privateer RevengeB037
31.3.1779Took the privateer brig Revenge (14)SSA
25.4.1779Arrived in Boston having taken two further prizesB037

Notes on Ship

Captain Fisk's report on the capture of the Dispatch, 17th July 1776B037
This may serve to acquaint your Honours that in latitude 40 26 north, longitude 65 50 west, I fell in with the armed schooner Despatch from Halifax, bound to New York; and after an engagement of one-and-a-half hour, she struck to the American arms. I boarded her and found on board eight carriage guns and twelve swivel guns, twenty small arms, sixteen pistols, twenty cutlasses, some cartridges, boxes, and belts for bayonets, nine half-barrels powder, all the accoutrement for said cannon. The Commander and one man were killed, and seven others wounded. The crew consisted of thirty men and one boy. I lost one man killed and ten wounded, and my vessel was much shattered, which obliged me to return with my prize, which I have at anchor in Salem Harbour, and wait your Honours orders how to proceed with the prisoners. All the Captain s papers and orders were thrown over board.


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Posted by Robert Hamilton on Sunday 20th of December 2020 04:56

Your shipyard site should read Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 4th of March 2014 22:19

According to Allen (1927), Tyrannicide was one of the first vessels built for the Massachusetts State Navy. Construction of the vessel took place at Salisbury, Massachusetts between February and June of 1776. Tyrannicide’s first cruise, under Captain John Fisk, began on July 8, 1776. She entered service as a sloop, but was converted to a brigantine within a few months. The vessel’s name is spelled Tiranicide on the privateer bond for the Penobscot Expedition. Reported by Col. John Brewer as “burnt” (Buker 2002). captain John Cathcart commanding her destruction in Penobscot river

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