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Providence (I)


Sloop-of-War:
  • Built, date unknown as the sloop Katy, location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Rhode Island General Assembly, 15 June 1775 by charter from John Brown of Providence, and placed under the command of Abraham Whipple
  • Purchased by the state of Rhode Island 31 October, 1775
  • Katy was taken into Continental service, 3 December 1775, renamed Providence, CAPT. John Hazard in command
  • Providence was commissioned, 9 January 1776
  • Providence joined a squadron command by Chief of the Fleet of the United Colonies Esek Hopkins to clear English and Tory Ships from colonial ports, storm British forts at Bermuda and the Bahamas, battle British ships, taking prizes, escorting merchantmen and sailing independently as a raider
  • Destroyed by her crew, with other American vessels in the Penobscot River, 14 August 1779, to prevent her falling into the hands of the British
  • Providence was the first ship authorized for the Continental Navy, the first command of John Paul Jones and the first ship to land US Marines
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 90
    Armament
    twelve 4 pdrs.
    Propulsion sail

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    Providence 255k Post card from a painting by John Mecray of USS Providence Tommy Trampp
    Providence 346k Post card from a painting by Francis Holman of USS Providence Tommy Trampp
    Providence 126k Post card from a painting by Francis Holman (1777) of the sloop USS Providence attacking an English Vessel Tommy Trampp
    Providence 94k Oil painting by Alice B. Borsik of Continental Sloop USS Providence
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65935-KN, courtesy of the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Donation of Mrs. Alice B. Borsik, 1968
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Providence 135k Oil painting by W. Nowland Van Powell of Continental Sloop USS Providence
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85201-KN , courtesy of the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Donation of the Memphis Council, U.S. Navy League, 1976
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Providence 112k "New Providence Raid, March 1776" - An oil painting on canvas by V. Zveg, 1973, depicting Continental Sailors and Marines landing on New Providence Island, Bahamas, on 3 March 1776. Their initial objective, Fort Montagu, is in the left distance. Close off shore are the small vessels used to transport the landing force to the vicinity of the beach. They are (from left to right): two captured sloops, and the Continental sloops USS Wasp and USS Providence. The other ships of the American squadron are visible in the distance. The operation was commanded by Commodore Esek Hopkins.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79419-KN , courtesy of the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Providence 24k Replica of the sloop USS Providence underway in 1976 off Newport, R.I. The replica was built in the Bicentennial year of 1976 to honor a vessel that played a key role in the fight for American Independence. The replica of Providence was launched in October 1976 by Seaport '76 Newport, RI as a living reminder of our early colonial navy. Tommy Trampp

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