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Queen of France


Frigate:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by American commissioners, Benjamin Franklin and Silas Deane in France in 1777
  • Fitted out as a 28-gun frigate
  • USS Queen of France, CAPT. Joseph Olney, in command
  • Departed Boston, 13 March 1779, to cruise the Atlantic coast to seek out and destroy vessels prying on American shipping
  • Took privateer schooner Hibernia off Cape Henry, 6 April 1779
  • Captured ships Jason, Meriah brigs Patriot, Prince Ferdinand, John, Batchelor, and schooner Chance, 7 April 1779
  • Returned Boston, 20 April 1779, with prizes Maria, Hibernia and three brigs
  • USS Queen of France, CAPT. John Peck Rathburne, in command
  • Departed Boston, 18 June 1779 with frigate Providence and sloop Ranger encountering the British Jamaica Fleet (150 ships) near the Banks of Newfoundland in mid-July, seizing eleven prizes, under cover of dense fog
  • Departed Boston with frigates Providence and Boston and sloop Ranger, 23 November 1779, cruising east of Bermuda
  • Took Dolphin, 5 December 1779
  • Final Disposition, sunk at Charleston to avoid falling into British hands when that city surrendered 11 May 1780
    Specifications:
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    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth-of-hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    twenty-eight guns
    Propulsion sail

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