John Adams

Nominal Guns30DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Home Port 
How acquiredPurpose builtB90
ShipyardCharleston - South Carolina DANFS
Designed by Josiah Fox (1763-1847)B90
Constructor Charles 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 - 1.1801Captain George Cross10.1802 - 1802Captain John Rodgers (d.1838)1805Captain Isaac Chauncey (d.1840)B0521805 - 1811Captain John Herbert Dent (d.1823)B1731811Captain Joseph Tarbell (d.1815)B1731814Captain Samuel Angus (1784-1840)B1731814Captain William Montgomery Crane (d.1846)B1731815 - 1816Captain Edward TrenchardB1731817 - 1818Captain John D Henley (d.1835)B1731818Captain Alexander S Wadsworth (d.1851)B1731819 - 24.8.1819Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819)B1731820 - 1821Captain Alexander S Wadsworth (d.1851)B1731825Master Commandant Alexander J Dallas (d.1844)USNR-1825

2 Flag Officers

3.1823 - 1824Commodore David Porter (1780-1843)2.1825 - 1826Commodore Lewis Warrington (1782-1851)E-WIKI

11 Commissioned Officers

1805First Lieutenant James Lawrence (1781-1813)B0528.1812 - 1813Acting Lieutenant Elie A F Vallette (1790-1862)1818 - 1.4.1818Midshipman Samuel A EakinUSNR-18181818Lieutenant Samuel W DowningUSNR-18181818Lieutenant Charles L WilliamsonUSNR-18181818Lieutenant Andrew Fitzhugh (d.1850)USNR-18181818Lieutenant Dulany Forrest (d.1825)USNR-18181818Lieutenant Benjamin CooperUSNR-18181818Lieutenant Otho Norris (d.1829)USNR-181826.10.1818 - 11.2.1821Lieutenant Edward Rutledge Shubrick (1793-1844)W0651.1.1825 - 1825Midshipman James Shedden Palmer (1810-1867)E-WIKI

6 Warrant Officers

27.4.1816 - 1818Surgeon William BarnwellUSNR-18181818Boatswain David EatonUSNR-18181818Purser Thomas GardnerUSNR-18181818Sailmaker John TrimbleUSNR-18181818Carpenter Baruch M EvansUSNR-18181821Surgeon Thomas WilliamsonUSNR-1821

14 Petty Officers

1817 - 1.4.1818Midshipman John A CookUSNR-18181818 - 1800Midshipman William FosterUSNR-18181818Midshipman John H SmithUSNR-18181818Midshipman John B ShuteUSNR-18181818Midshipman John R KeasbeyUSNR-18181818Midshipman Alexander HosackUSNR-18181818Midshipman John M HuntUSNR-18181818Midshipman Benjamin FolletUSNR-18181818Midshipman James P WilsonUSNR-18181818Midshipman Maximillian A de VeauxUSNR-18181818Midshipman William F ThornilyUSNR-18181818Surgeon's Mate William D ConwayUSNR-18181818Surgeon's Mate Leuco MitchellUSNR-18181821Surgeon's Mate George BalfourUSNR-1821

1 Marine

1818Marine Second Lieutenant Elijah 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 Le President Tout
23.3.1800Retook the US brig Atlantic, prize of the French Privateer Le 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 1802-1803 Richard V Morris 
1803-1804American Mediterranean Squadron 1803-1804 Edward Preble (1761-1807) 
1804-1805American Mediterranean Squadron 1804-1805 Samuel Barron (d.1810) 
1805-1806American Mediterranean Squadron 1805-1806 John Rodgers (d.1838) 

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