South Carolina

Nominal Guns40SSA
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorSouth Carolina State Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fourth Rate frigate 'Le Indien' (1777) (44)
ShipyardAmsterdam - Holland NNF-1774
Ship ClassIndien ClassNNF-1774
Designed byJacques BouxNNF-1774
CategoryFifth RateSSA
Ship TypeFrigate SSA
Sailing RigShip RiggedSSA


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentNNF-1774
Length of Gundeck160' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)51.968 (170′ 5″ Imperial)
Length of Keel149' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)48.3952 (158′ 9″ Imperial)
Breadth40' 0"French Feet (Pied du Roi)12.992 (42′ 7″ Imperial)
Depth in Hold16' 6"French Feet (Pied du Roi)5.2239 (17′ 1″ Imperial)
Burthen1,269French Tonneaux1242.6021 


1780Broadside Weight = 520 Imperial Pound ( 235.82 kg)SSA
Gun Deck28 American 32-Pounder
Quarterdeck12 American 12-Pounder

1 Commanding Officer

13.6.1780 - 18.6.1782CaptainJohn JoinerSCAR

1 Flag Officer

6.1780 - 6.1782CommodoreAlexander GillanSCAR

1 Commissioned Officer

11.1779 - 12.1782LieutenantJohn MayrantSCAR

1 Petty Officer

8.1782 - 12.1782MidshipmanWilliam Nourse (1763-?)SCAR

1 Crewman

13.6.1780 - 18.6.1782StewardGeorge FisherSCAR

Service History

6.1780Fitting? at AmsterdamSCAR
18.1.1781Arrived in Bolx CoveSCAR
20.2.1781Left Bolx Cove for the TexelSCAR
24.8.1781Sailed from the TexelSCAR
26.9.1781Arrived in CorunnaSCAR
17.10.1781Sailed from CorunnaSCAR
31.10.1781Arrived at St Croix, TenerifeSCAR
24.11.1781Sailed from St Croix, TenerifeSCAR
24.12.1781Near the Keys, north of the BahamasSCAR
27.12.1781Saw Sullivans Island off Charleston South Carolina.SCAR
31.12.1781Saw Charleston again but was chased off by three English frigatesSCAR
1.1.1782Left the coast of South Carolina and steered for HavanaSCAR
6.1.1782Took a flat of five Jamaica men homeward boundSCAR
10.1.1782Arrived at Havana and sold the prize for $91,500SCAR
27.4.1782Left Havana and took under our convoy a fleet of sixty two sail with 2,030 troops on board, John Manuel Cazagan Governor of Cuba took the command of the troops and Commodore Gillan of the fleet.SCAR
8.5.1782Arrived with the fleet off the Island of New ProvidenceSCAR
5.6.1782Went aground near mud fort in the river DelawareSCAR
18.6.1782Arrived at PhiladelphiaSCAR
20.12.1782Capture of the South Carolina

Notes on Ship

The sources noted as from the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution website are from the pocket book used at the pension application of George Fisher in 1833 (transcription here)


SSAShips and Seamen of the American RevolutionJack CogginsBook
NNF-1774Nomenclature des Navires Français de 1774 à 1792Alain DemerliacBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
SCARSouthern Campaigns of the American Revolution Web Site

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