Nominal Guns24DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Home Port 
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardNewburyport - Massachusetts DANFS
Constructor Ralph CrossDANFS
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
BecomesBritish Sixth Rate frigate 'Charlestown' (1780) (28)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB028
Moulded Breadth114'Imperial Feet34.7545 
Breadth32Imperial Feet0.4064 
Burthen514Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck114' 3"Imperial Feet34.7526 
Breadth32Imperial Feet0.4064 
Depth in Hold10' 3"Imperial Feet3.1242 
Burthen514Tons BM 


1777Broadside Weight = 129.5 Imperial Pound ( 58.72825 kg) 
Gun Deck5 American 12-Pounder
Gun Deck19 American 9-Pounder
Quarterdeck2 American 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 American 4-Pounder

2 Commanding Officers

1777 - 9.1777Captain Hector McNeill (1728-?)DANFS17.9.1777 - 12.5.1780Captain Samuel TuckerDANFS

2 Commissioned Officers

1778 - 3.1778First Lieutenant William Barron (d.1778)DANFS1778Lieutenant Hezekiah WelchDANFS

Service History

21.5.1777Left Boston the North Atlantic in company with Hancock (1) and Several Privateers
27.5.1777All Privateers had left the two frigatesDANFS
29.5.1777Took a Brig belonging to a convoy under Somerset (68) - 64 and a frigate
7.6.1777Action of 7th June 1777
7.6.1777Took the Frigate Fox (28)
6.7.1777Took a Sloop sailing out of Louisburg, it was burnt later
6.7.1777Sighted and chased by three British vessels,Flora (32) - 38, Rainbow (44) - 44 and Victor (10)
7.7.1777Action of 7th July 1777
8.7.1777Escaped from British ships and entered the Sheepscot River on the Maine coast|DANFS
15.2.1778Sailed for France carrying John Quincy AdamsDANFS
3.1778First Lieutenant William Barron (d.1778) fatal injured by a bursting gun
10.3.1778Took the Martha - 16, carrying cargo worth £97,000. Lieutenant Hezekiah Welch placed on board as prize master
31.3.1778Arrived at the Garonne RiverDANFS
1.4.1778Moved to BordeauxDANFS
6.6.1778Sailed in company with a French frigate and a fleet of merchantmenDANFS
3.7.1778Arrived in L'Orient after a cruise in the Bay of Biscay in which four prizes were takenDANFS
1.8.1778Left L'OrientDANFS
3.8.1778Arrived at St NazaireDANFS
8.8.1778Sailed in company with the Providence (28) , Ranger (14) and a small convoy
14.8.1778Arrived at BrestDANFS
22.8.1778In company with the Providence (28) and Ranger (14) sailed for America
15.10.1778Arrived Portsmouth, New HampshireDANFS
6.1779Took the Privateer Pole (24)
25.8.1779Took the Sloop Thorn (16)
6.9.1779Returned to Portsmouth , New Hampshire
23.11.1779Left for cruise in North Atlantic
23.12.1779Returned to Portsmouth , New HampshireDANFS
1780Sent to assist defense of of Charleston, South CarolinaDANFS
12.5.1780Captured by the British when the Charleston surrenderedDANFS

Notes on Ship

Figurehead an Indian Head with a Bow and Arrow in the Hand, painted White, Red and Yellow, Two top gallant Royal Masts, Pole mizen topmast on which she hoists a Top gallant Sail, painted nearly like the [USF Hancock|Hancock] with Netting all round, has a Garf , a Mast in room of an Ensign Staff with a Latteen Sail on it, and mounts 30 guns.


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