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|-||Seth Harding was born at Eastham, Mass., 17 April 1734. He went to sea early in his life and commanded several merchant ships during the French and Indian War. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he offered his services to Connecticut and was commissioned commander of the state brig Defence. Harding captured many British ships while in command of this and two other vessels. In September 1778 Harding accepted a Continental commission and took command of Confederacy. He cruised along the coast in company with Deane during 1779, taking three prizes and performing convoy duties. He was ordered to take John Jay, newly appointed minister to Spain, to Europe in September 1779, but the ship was dismasted 10 days out. Harding, through skillful seamanship, sailed his ship to Martinique for repairs, his passengers continuing on another ship. Confederacy raided British merchantmen and guarded convoys until 18 April 1781, when she was forced to surrender to two British ships, Roebuck and Orpheus. Harding was subsequently exchanged, commanded the letter of marque Diana, but was captured again. After this release the fighting captain volunteered to serve as First Lieutenant to John Perry in Alliance, and was wounded on board during the last engagement of the revolution, off the coast of France. Harding spent his last years as a merchant sailor and in retirement in Schoharie, N.Y., where he died 20 November 1814.||Robert M. Cieri|
|82k||Artist's conception of the Harding as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|62k||Undated, off the Normandy Invasion coast. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.||Robert Hurst|
|103k||Undated, location unknown. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 3d.||-|
|54k||Undated, location unknown.||-|
|53k||October 13 1943, location unknown.||Robert Hurst|
|58k||USS Harding (DD-625) circa 1944. She operated as part of Destroyer Division 36, Destroyer Squadron 18, of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet sent to the UK in preparation for the D-Day landings.||Robert Hurst|
CDR George Goldston Palmer ? 1944 - ? CDR Donald Brewster Ramage 1945 - ?
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