Nominal Guns8
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorConnecticut State Navy
Home Port 
Ship TypeSloop
Last known1775



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Posted by Laura Blass on Sunday 6th of May 2018 01:13

Daniel Miles is listed as Sailing Master on the Sloop Guilford, under Capt Nott. Is there any more information on the crew--I.e. former militia lists or hometowns? I'd like to verify that this is my ancestor.

Posted by Robert Boon on Saturday 30th of December 2017 15:12

Collections published by the Connecticut Historical Society has payrolls for the Guilford from 1779

Posted by AvM on Saturday 30th of December 2017 14:58

It seems that she was former British sloop MARS
Armed with 8 guns of 60 burthen

The American Genealogist - Vol 25-26 - Page61
On the 6th of February, 1779* this British sloop Mars fell in with and captured the American sloop Lucy, commanded by Capt. Giles Sage of Middleton [sic], and sent her into New York for condemnation by his Majesty's Admiralty Court. Captain Sage and his crew were taken as prisoners aboard the Mars. On the 21st of February, 1779* however, these prisoners by force succeeded in capturing the vessel, obtaining control of her and putting her on the beach at Guilford...." [1:125.] ...

Stratford and the Sea - Page 82
Lewis G. Knapp - 2002
As the British approached down Lake Champlain, Arnold positioned his little fleet inside Valcour Bay, upwind of the entrance. Han'ley's Royal Savage, the largest vessel, is centered in front of the fleet. (C. Randle painting, National Archives of Canada.) In 1779 the Council of Safety purchased the captured British sloop Mars, renamed her Gnilford, added her to the Connecticut navy, and sent her cruising under William Nott. On June 18 David Hawley was appointed to replace Nott, but on arriving in New Haven found that many of the crew had deserted, and he had to get replacements. Howley rounded up a rew of 41 men, including a few who had served on "Royal Savage" , but he never go to sea. On the 4th July a British Fleet of 48 ships and 2,600 troops attacked New Haven harbour. Hawlen abandoned "Guilford", saving anchors , ammunitions, sails, and stores, but the British burned her at the wharf. At a Court of Inquiry on 13 Sep,, Halwy was acquitted "without the least blame or misconduct"

Posted by AvM on Saturday 30th of December 2017 14:48

The public records of the state of Connecticut, with the journal of the Council of safety and an appendix
Vol 2.

She was originally "Mars" and by May 1779 she was renamed "Guilford" armed with 4 foru pdrs and other 4 guns
Taken by enemy at N:Haven , to be used as galley

Posted by AvM on Saturday 30th of December 2017 14:25

In 1779 she was under captain William Nott
In that year she was taken by enemy about 1 July
armed with 8 guns

The Navy of the American Revolution: Its Administration, Its Policy, and Its Achievements
Charles Oscar Paullin

The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice ...
Barbara Jean Mathews p.175
Captain William Nott, son of John Nott and Martha Gray born 24 Nov 1739 in Fairfield, Conn. and died in 1815 at age of 76 . He was captain of sloop Gilford dduring the American Revolution patrolling Long Island Sound and acting as a privateerr

Posted by Dennis Smith on Thursday 28th of December 2017 15:41

My research of my Grandfather, John BOSTWICK, was
with Captain David Hawley, as a Marine on the Sloop Guilford.
Do you have any information when this ship’s Company was active?
Thank you,
Dennis Smith
Glen Ellyn, IL

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