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South Carolina

Nominal Guns40SSA
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorSouth Carolina State Navy
ShipyardAmsterdam - Holland NNF-1774
Ship ClassIndien Class (1777)NNF-1774
Designed by
Jacques BouxFrench
Ship Builder
CategoryFifth RateSSA
Ship TypeFrigateSSA
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 Ship Commander

13.6.1780 - 18.6.1782Captain
John JoinerAmerican
Naval Sailor

1 Flag Officer

6.1780 - 6.1782Commodore
Alexander GillanAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1830

1 Commissioned Officer

11.1779 - 12.1782Lieutenant
John MayrantAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1829

1 Petty Officer

8.1782 - 12.1782Midshipman
William NourseAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1863

1 Crewman

13.6.1780 - 18.6.1782Steward
George FisherAmerican
Naval Sailor

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)


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