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USS Boston (III)

  • Laid down, date unknown, by Edmund Hartt at Boston, MA., with funds donated by the people of that city
  • Launched, 20 May 1799
  • Commissioned USS Boston in July 1799 sometime on or before the 24th, CAPT. George Little in command
  • Boston sailed for the West Indies, 24 July, 1799 taking station off Saint Dominique to search and capture French ships having numerous successes
  • September 1800 USS Boston sailed in search of French cruisers along the Atlantic coast then plaguing commerce
  • Encountered the French frigate Le Berceau taking her in a battle of broadsides, 12 October 1800
  • Transported the American minister to France, Mr. Livingston in October 1801
  • Joined the Mediterranean Squadron in December 1801, assigned to a blockade station off Tripoli
  • Boston returned to Washington Navy Yard, 27 October, 1802 to be laid up in ordinary
  • Destroyed by fire in August 1814
    Displacement 530 t.
    Length Between Perpendiculars 134'
    Beam 34' 6"
    Depth 11' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 220
    thirty-two guns (9 and 12-pdrs)
    Propulsion sail

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    Boston 147k Contemporary line engraving by Baugean, depicting USS Boston in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1802
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 56679
    Tommy Trampp
    Boston 127k USS Boston captures the French frigate le Berceau, 12 October 1800. Line engraving after a drawing by J.O. Davidson, published in "A History of the United States Navy" by Edgar S. MacLay, New York, 1901 Edition. It depicts the height of the action, with the French frigate in the foreground.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 76555
    Tommy Trampp
    Boston 85k USS Boston by Rodolfo Claudus, from the US Navy Art Collection Tommy Trampp
    Boston 80k

    USS Boston (III)
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