Nominal Guns28EWIKI
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Home Port EWIKI
How acquiredPurpose builtEWIKI
ShipyardProvidence - Rhode Island EWIKI
ConstructorSilvester BowesEWIKI
CategoryFifth RateEWIKI
Ship TypeFrigate EWIKI
Sailing RigShip RiggedEWIKI
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 Commanding Officers

5.1776 - 2.1777CaptainHoysteed HackerDANFS2.1777 - 1.1778LieutenantJonathon PitcherEWIKI1778 - 4.1778CaptainJohn Peck Rathbun (1746-1782)EWIKI4.1778 - 18.6.1779CaptainAbraham Whipple (1733-1819)EWIKI18.6.1779 - 12.5.1780CaptainSamuel Tomkins

1 Flag Officer

18.6.1779 - 12.5.1780CommodoreAbraham Whipple (1733-1819)DANFS

6 Commissioned Officers

20.6.1776 - 1777First LieutenantWilliam Barron (d.1778)W0271778First LieutenantJonathon Pitcherref:6321778Second Lieutenant Devol Silasref:6321778LieutenantPatrick Fletcher (d.1800)ref:6321778Acting LieutenantWilliam Hopkinsref:63220.10.1778 - 12.5.1780First LieutenantBenjamin Page (d.1858)

2 Warrant Officers

1778PurserSamuel Chaceref:6321778MasterGeorge Goodwinref:632

3 Marines

1778 - 12.5.1780Marine CaptainWilliam Jones7.9.1779 - 12.5.1780MarineAnthony Remington1780 - 12.5.1780MarineBenjamin 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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