Nominal Guns28E-WIKI
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Home Port E-WIKI
How acquiredPurpose builtE-WIKI
ShipyardProvidence - Rhode Island E-WIKI
Constructor Silvester BowesE-WIKI
CategoryFifth RateE-WIKI
Ship TypeFrigate E-WIKI
Sailing RigShip RiggedE-WIKI
BecomesBritish Fifth Rate frigate 'Providence' (1780) (32)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck126' 6 ½"Imperial Feet38.4175 
Length of Keel104' 10 ¾"Imperial Feet31.7183 
Breadth33' 8"Imperial Feet10.1261 
Depth in Hold10' 5"Imperial Feet3.175 
Burthen632 3994Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck126' 6"US Feet38.4107 
Breadth33' 9"US Feet10.1346 
Depth in Hold10' 5"US Feet3.175 
Burthen632Tons BM 

5 Ship Commanders

5.1776 - 2.1777Captain Hoysteed HackerDANFS2.1777 - 1.1778Lieutenant Jonathon PitcherE-WIKI1778 - 4.1778Captain John Peck Rathbun (1746-1782)E-WIKI4.1778 - 18.6.1779Captain Abraham Whipple (1733-1819)E-WIKI18.6.1779 - 12.5.1780Captain Samuel Tomkins

1 Flag Officer

18.6.1779 - 12.5.1780Commodore Abraham Whipple (1733-1819)DANFS

6 Commissioned Officers

20.6.1776 - 1777First Lieutenant William Barron (d.1778)W0271778First Lieutenant Jonathon Pitcherref:6321778Second Lieutenant Devol Silasref:6321778Acting Lieutenant William Hopkinsref:6321778Lieutenant Patrick Fletcher (d.1800)ref:63220.10.1778 - 12.5.1780First Lieutenant Benjamin Page (d.1858)

2 Warrant Officers

1778Master George Goodwinref:6321778Purser Samuel Chaceref:632

3 Marines

1778 - 12.5.1780Marine Captain William Jones7.9.1779 - 12.5.1780Marine Anthony Remington1780 - 12.5.1780Marine Benjamin Henry

Service History

1776Blockaded in the Providence river by the BritishDANFS
6.12.1776Occupation of Rhode Island
3.4.1777Hosted the court-martial of Third Lieutenant Richard Marvin of the Warren,at Fields Point in the Providence RiverW027
30.4.1778Successfully ran the blockade, exchanging fire with Lark (32) and another vessel
30.5.1778Arrived at Paimboeuf in FranceDANFS
8.8.1778Sailed from Paimboeuf with a cargo of guns and suppliesDANFS
16.8.1778Arrived in BrestDANFS
22.8.1778Left Brest in company with Boston (24) and Ranger (14) taking three prizes on-route
15.10.1778Arrived in Portsmouth NHDANFS
18.6.1779Left Boston as flagship of a small squadron containing the Ranger (14) and the Queen of France (28)
7.1779Fell in with the Jamaica fleet of 150 sail, taking 11 prizeW027
7.1779The squadron returned to BostonW027
23.11.1779The squadron sailed from Nantasket Roads to cruise towards BermudaDANFS
23.12.1779The squadron arrived at Charleston SC to help defend the cityDANFS
4.1780In company of Boston (24) shelled British positions up the Cooper River
12.5.1780Taken by the British when the Charleston fellDANFS


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