Nominal Guns28DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Keel Laid Down30.7.1798B90
Home Port 
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardNew York Naval Shipyard - New York DANFS
Designed byWilliam SheffieldDANFS
ConstructorJohn JacksonB90
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
BecomesAmerican Fifth Rate frigate 'Adams' (1812) (28)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck113' 0"Imperial Feet34.4424 
Breadth34' 0"Imperial Feet10.3632 
Depth in Hold10' 9"Imperial Feet3.2766 
Burthen530Tons BM 


1799Broadside Weight = 144 Imperial Pound ( 65.304 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck24 American 12-Pounder

1799Broadside Weight = 162 Imperial Pound ( 73.467 kg)B90
Gun Deck24 American 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 American 9-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

4 Commanding Officers

1799 - 7.1800CaptainRichard V MorrisDANFS1800 - 3.1801CaptainThomas RobinsonDANFS1802 - 11.1803CaptainHugh G CanfieldDANFS7.1805 - 9.1806CaptainAlexander Murray (d.1828)DANFS

1 Warrant Officer

1800BoatswainJames Baileyref:1203

2 Petty Officers

12.10.1798 - bef.6.10.1800MidshipmanMiligan Alston (d.bef.1800)ref:12031801 - 13.5.1801MidshipmanEdward Atwoodref:1203

Service History

9.1799Left New York for the West Indies
10.1799Captured the brig ZylphaNW1812
10.10.1799Arrived at St ChristopherDANFS
12.11.1799With Insurgent (36) recaptured the English Brig ''Margaret'' (14)
15.11.1799Took the Privateer L'Onze Vendémiaire
20.11.1799With Insurgent (36) retook the schooner ''Nancy''
10.1.1800With Insurgent (36) took the French schooner ''La Fourgeuse''
2.1800Took the French schooners L'Heureuse Rencontre and IsabellaNW1812
5.1800Took two schooners and a Brig as well as retaking two schooners and a British letter of marque
7.1800Returned to New York for repairs
9.1800Cruise to the Caribbean
23.3.1801Ordered back to New York and Laid upDANFS
10.6.1802Left New York for the straights of GibraltarDANFS
22.7.1802Arrived at the straits and began a b lockade of the Tripolitan cruiser ''Meshuda''DANFS
8.4.1803Left blocakde to join the rest of the squadron under Richard V Morris off Tripoli
25.9.1803Left for America with Commodore Richard V Morris on board
11.1803Placed in ordinary at Washington
1806Laid up in WashingtonDANFS
1809Briefly recommisioned enfording the embargo actDANFS
8.1811Became gthe receiving ship at Washington navy yard
1812Recommisioned but blockaded in Chesapeake BayDANFS

FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
18021803American Mediterranean Squadron 1802-1803Richard V Morris


DANFSDictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
B90The U.S. Sailing Navy, 1775-1853Paul H SilverstoneBook
ref:1203Naval documents related to the quasi-war between the United States and France Vol. 7Dudley W KnoxBook
NW1812The Naval War of 1812Chatham HistorysBook

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