Nominal Guns3B068
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtB068
ShipyardSkenesborough - Lake Champlain - New York B068
Ship TypeGondola B068
BecomesBritish gondola 'Jersey' (1776) (7)


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck53' 4"Imperial Feet16.1883 
Breadth15' 6"Imperial Feet4.6025 
Depth in Hold3' 10"Imperial Feet0.9144 


1776Broadside Weight = 12 Imperial Pound ( 5.442 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck2 American 6-Pounder
Bow Chaser1 American 12-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
177645 DANFS

Service History

11.10.1776Battle of Valcour Isand

Notes on Ship

Full entryDANFS

Jersey, a gondola, was built at Skenesborough, N.Y., in the summer of 1776 for service with the Continental Army on Lake Champlain. Commanded by Captain Grimes, she joined Brigadier General Benedict Arnold's fleet 6 September and fought in the Battle of Valcour Island 11 through 13 October. During the battle she was abandoned at Schuyler's Island, recovered by the British, and taken into their fleet.

This fleet action delayed the British advance from Canada and gained for the United States invaluable time to strengthen their forces before the Battle of Saratoga a year later. The momentous American victory at Saratoga has been called the turning point of the war since it prompted France to enter the contest bringing her powerful fleet which made possible Washington's ultimate triumph at Yorktown.


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