Nominal Guns12DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
PreviouslyBritish sloop 'Diligent' (1777) (12)
Ship TypeBrig DANFS
Burnt to avoid capture14.8.1779DANFS

1 Commanding Officer

5.7.1779 - 14.8.1779LieutenantPhilip BrownDANFS

Service History

24.7.1779Penobscot Expedition

Notes on Ship

Full entryDANFS
The first Diligent, a brig, was built in America for use in the Royal Navy and captured by the Continental brig Providence 7May 1779. Taken into the Continental Navy under the command of Lieutenant Phillip Brown, Diligent cruised with her captor for a short time and then participated in the Penobscot Expedition during July and August 1779. After successfully landing an armed force to attempt the recapture of Castine, Maine, from the British, despite opposition from shore and from three British sloops of war, the American ships were forced by the arrival of an overpowering British squadron to break off their efforts. On 14 August Diligent was run ashore and burned by her own crew to prevent her capture by the British.


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Posted by Tim Oakley on Tuesday 4th of March 2014 21:18

Ex-HMB Diligent. According to Riess (1999), Rider (1977), Bauer (1970),
Colledge (1969), Clark (1968), and Chapelle (1949) HMB Diligent was built in North America in 1776, purchased by the Royal Navy, and later captured by the Continental Sloop Providence off Sandy Hook, N.J., 7 May 1779. Because it was formerly a British warship, Diligent may have been copper-clad. Bauer (1970) gives the following dimensions for the vessel: Length on Deck 88 ft., 5 ¾ in; Beam 24 ft., 8 in.; Depth of Hold 10 ft.,10 in. Diligent was mistakenly called Delaware by Col. John Brewer in an 1846 article in the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier; reported by Col. Brewer as “burnt” (Buker 2002).

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