John Adams

Nominal Guns30DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Home Port 
How acquiredPurpose builtB90
ShipyardCharleston - South Carolina DANFS
Designed byJosiah Fox (1763-1847)B90
ConstructorCharles PrichardB90
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeShip DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
BecomesAmerican sloop 'John Adams' (1830) (18)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck139' 0"Imperial Feet42.3672 
Length of Keel127' 9"Imperial Feet38.7181 
Breadth33' 3"Imperial Feet10.0838 
Depth in Hold16' 10"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Burthen544Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentB90
Length of Gundeck139' 0"Imperial Feet42.3672 
Length of Keel127' 9"Imperial Feet38.7181 
Breadth33' 3"Imperial Feet10.0838 
Depth in Hold16' 10"Imperial Feet4.8768 
Burthen544Tons BM 


1799Broadside Weight = 216 Imperial Pound ( 97.956 kg)B90
Upper Gun Deck24 American 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 American 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle2 American 24-Pound Carronade

1804Broadside Weight = 240 Imperial Pound ( 108.84 kg)B90
Upper Gun Deck24 American 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 American 24-Pound Carronade
Forecastle4 American 24-Pound Carronade

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

13 Commanding Officers

1799 - 1.1801CaptainGeorge Cross10.1802 - 1802CaptainJohn Rodgers (d.1838)1805CaptainIsaac Chauncey (d.1840)B0521805 - 1811CaptainJohn Herbert Dent (d.1823)B1731811CaptainJoseph Tarbell (d.1815)B1731814CaptainSamuel Angus (1784-1840)B1731814CaptainWilliam Montgomery Crane (d.1846)B1731815 - 1816CaptainEdward TrenchardB1731817 - 1818CaptainJohn D Henley (d.1835)B1731818CaptainAlexander S Wadsworth (d.1851)B1731819 - 24.8.1819CommodoreOliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819)B1731820 - 1821CaptainAlexander S Wadsworth (d.1851)B1731825Master CommandantAlexander J Dallas (d.1844)USNR-1825

2 Flag Officers

3.1823 - 1824CommodoreDavid Porter (1780-1843)2.1825 - 1826CommodoreLewis Warrington (1782-1851)EWIKI

11 Commissioned Officers

1805First LieutenantJames Lawrence (1781-1813)B0528.1812 - 1813Acting LieutenantElie A F Vallette (1790-1862)1818 - 1.4.1818MidshipmanSamuel A EakinUSNR-18181818LieutenantCharles L WilliamsonUSNR-18181818LieutenantAndrew Fitzhugh (d.1850)USNR-18181818LieutenantDulany Forrest (d.1825)USNR-18181818LieutenantBenjamin CooperUSNR-18181818LieutenantOtho Norris (d.1829)USNR-18181818LieutenantSamuel W DowningUSNR-181826.10.1818 - 11.2.1821LieutenantEdward Rutledge Shubrick (1793-1844)W0651.1.1825 - 1825MidshipmanJames Shedden Palmer (1810-1867)EWIKI

6 Warrant Officers

27.4.1816 - 1818SurgeonWilliam BarnwellUSNR-18181818CarpenterBaruch M EvansUSNR-18181818BoatswainDavid EatonUSNR-18181818PurserThomas GardnerUSNR-18181818SailmakerJohn TrimbleUSNR-18181821SurgeonThomas WilliamsonUSNR-1821

14 Petty Officers

1817 - 1.4.1818MidshipmanJohn A CookUSNR-18181818 - 1800MidshipmanWilliam FosterUSNR-18181818MidshipmanMaximillian A de VeauxUSNR-18181818MidshipmanJohn B ShuteUSNR-18181818MidshipmanJohn R KeasbeyUSNR-18181818MidshipmanAlexander HosackUSNR-18181818MidshipmanJohn M HuntUSNR-18181818MidshipmanJames P WilsonUSNR-18181818MidshipmanWilliam F ThornilyUSNR-18181818MidshipmanBenjamin FolletUSNR-18181818MidshipmanJohn H SmithUSNR-18181818Surgeon's MateWilliam D ConwayUSNR-18181818Surgeon's MateLeuco MitchellUSNR-18181821Surgeon's MateGeorge BalfourUSNR-1821

1 Marine

1818Marine Second LieutenantElijah J WeedUSNR-1818

Service History

1.1800Took a Lugger off San Juan, Porto Rico and retook US brig Dolphin
22.3.1800Retook the US brig Hannibal, prize of the French Privateer President Tout
23.3.1800Retook the US brig Atlantic, prize of the French Privateer President Tout
3.4.1800Took the French Privateer Schooner Le Jason (8)
5.1800Retook the US Schooners Dispatch and William
5.1800Retook the US brig Olive
13.6.1800Took the French Schooner Decade
5.12.1800Left for the United States as convoy to merchantmen
1.1801Placed in ordinary at Charleston
6.1801Moved to Washington where she was laid up
1.10.1801Sailed for Cayenne, French Guiana
5.1.1803Joined the US Squadron at Malta
3.5.1803Engaged a flotilla of Gunboats in company with New York (36) and Enterprise (12)
3.5.1803Ordered to cruise independately off Tripoli
21.6.1803In company with Enterprise (12) captured a 22-gun vessel out of Tripoli
22.6.1803With Enterprise (12) captured Tripolitan Cruiser Meshouda (22) near Tripoli. Meshouda blew up afterwards.
7.9.1804Left Tripoli towing Gunboats to Syracuse in company with the Scourge, Syren (16) , Nautilus (12) and Enterprise (12)
23.12.1804Left Naples bound for the United StatesB052
26.2.1805Arrived in New YorkB052
5.1805Started another cruise in the Mediterranean
11.1805Laid up in Ordinary
1814After undergoing repairs sailed, under a flag of truce, carrying US Peace Commissioners
14.4.1814Arrived at Wargo Island, Norway
5.9.1814Arrived in the United States
9.1815Arrived in Mediterranean
1816Returned to the United States with dispatches
22.12.1817Received the surrender of Amelia Island
7.6.1819Sailed from Annapolis in company with Nonsuch
24.4.1820Arrived in Hampton Roads
1822Part of the US West Indies Squadron
1829Laid up and rebuilt at Gosport Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
1802-1803American Mediterranean Squadron 1802-1803Richard V Morris 
1803-1804American Mediterranean Squadron 1803-1804Edward Preble (1761-1807) 
1804-1805American Mediterranean Squadron 1804-1805Samuel Barron (d.1810) 
1805-1806American Mediterranean Squadron 1805-1806John Rodgers (d.1838) 

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