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Nominal Guns10DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorState Navy
CategoryHired VesselDANFS
Ship TypeBrigantineDANFS


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Burthen160Tons BM 


10.1775Broadside Weight = 28.5 Imperial Pound ( 12.925 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck6 British 6-Pounder
Gun Deck4 British 4-Pounder
Gun Deck10 British 1/2-Pound Swivel

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource

1 Ship Commander

10.1775 - 4.12.1775Captain
Sion MartindaleAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1757-1775

Service History

10.1775Acquired from George Erving and Benjamin Wormwell of Plymouth, MA as a schooner, Fitted and rigged as a BrigantineDANFS
11.1775Took the 80-ton sloop BritanniaBWAS-1714
11.1775The crew were issued winter clothingDANFS
2.11.1775Authorised to operate off the New England coastDANFS
23.11.1775Sailed in company with
Harrison (4) 1775-1776
American 4 Gun
Hired Schooner
23.11.1775Escaped from the British frigate
Tartar (24) 1756-1797
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
and two transports
28.11.1775Returned to sea after handing over her prizeDANFS
29.11.1775Returned to port, due to stormy weather and a poorly disciplined crewDANFS
3.12.1775Returned to seaDANFS
4.12.1775Taken by
Lively (20) 1756-1778
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship

4.12.1775Taken by
Fowey (24) 1749-1781
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1775-1776Washington's Fleet  

Notes on Ship

Letter from William Watson, Washington s agent at Plymouth, 29th November 1775ref:76
that the people on board the Brigantine Washington are in general discontented and have agreed to do no duty on board said vessel, and say that they enlisted to serve in the army and not as marines. I believe Capt. Martindale has done all in his power to make things easy. His people really appear to me to be a set of the most unprincipled abandoned fellows I ever saw. I am very apprehensive that little is to be expected from fellows drawn promiscuously from the army for this business; but that if people were enlisted for the purpose of privateering, much might be expected from them


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Posted by Tootie on Saturday 8th of February 2014 21:45

Some of men from Brig Washington 1775 who returned home.
William Burlingame Rhode Island returned 1783
Rufus Thornton Rhode Island returned 1783
John Hawkins returned 1783
John Violl or Vial he escaped earlier and returned to the war
These were soldiers in the Rhode Island Regiment who volunteered for this duty.

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