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Charming Sally

Nominal Guns6W027
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorRhode Island State Navy
Ship TypeSloopW027


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentW027
Burthen116Tons BM 


10.1776Broadside Weight = 12 Imperial Pound ( 5.442 kg)W027
Gun Deck6 American 4-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
10.177654 W027
1.177795 W027
16.1.177752 W027

1 Ship Commander

28.9.1776 - 16.1.1771Unknown
Francis BrownAmerican
Naval Sailor

Service History

16.1.1777Taken by
Nonsuch (64) 1774-1802
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
135 miles north northwest of Cape Finisterre


W027American War of Independence at SeaKen Kellow, Web Site

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Posted by Jon Dunham on Saturday 17th of September 2022 14:20

My direct ancestor, Abishai Dunham, was onboard the CHARMING SALLY, just prior its capture by the British. Abishai was field commissioned as Prize Master by Capt. Francis Brown for the captured British vessel, HANNAH, and sailed the vessel into Boston Harbor.its cargo was salted cod. source- Abishai Dunham's pension file contained his field commission written on the CHARMING SALLY'S letter of marque and Boston Gazette article.

Posted by James Grieder on Friday 17th of June 2022 18:06

Ancestor Barzillai Crowell aboard when seized, served at Mill Prison, paroled and returned to Martha's Vineyard.

Posted by Cy on Monday 28th of March 2022 07:28

Different Charming Sally though, this one is half the tonnage of the Barbuda.

Posted by David Stieghan on Monday 28th of March 2022 04:53

I own a 6 Pound gun that was formerly aboard the HMS Barbuda, formerly the Charming Sally.

Posted by Michael on Tuesday 22nd of June 2021 04:23

My wife is a descendant of Jonathan Haskins who was aboard at the time of capture by the Nonsuch.

Posted by Kevin Frederic on Monday 7th of January 2019 15:31

My 5th great grandfather was also onboard. His name was Joseph Frederic.

Posted by grammont on Friday 17th of August 2018 21:50

The crew of the Charming Sally after their capture were held at Mill Prison, Plymouth, England. For a full listing (including Joseph Frederick) see

The prisoners of 1776; a relic of the revolution, pages 253-254

Posted by dana frederic on Friday 17th of August 2018 15:51

My 5th great grandfather was on board when she was captured by the Nonsuch. Looking for other descendants of crewmembers to connect with. His name was Joseph Frederec and sometimes was spelled Frederik.

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