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CNS Alfred


Ship:
  • Built as the ship-rigged Black Prince in 1774 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched in the autumn of 1774
  • Black Prince completed two round-trip commercial runs to England as the Revolutionary War commenced
  • Purchased by the Naval Committee, 4 November 1775
  • Renamed Alfred, 8 November 1775 and ordered fitted out as a man-of-war
  • Commissioned into the Continental Navy as Alfred, 3 December 1775, CAPT. Dudley Saltonstall, in command
  • During the Revolutionary War Alfred:
    Participated in the attack of New Providence Island, Bahamas, 3 March 1776
    Participated in the capture of the British schooner Hawk, 4 April 1776
    Participated in the encounter with HMS Glasgow, 6 April 1776
    Under the command of CAPT. John Paul Jones, took six prizes off Cape Breton Island in October-November 1776
    Raided Canso, Nova Scotia, 22 November 1776, burning a transport bound for Canada and capturing a schooner
    Captured three colliers off Louisburg, 24 November 1776
    Captured letter-of-marque John
    Under the command of CAPT. Elisha Hinman in 1777, captured five prizes
    Off Barbados Alfred was captured, 9 March 1778 by HMS Ariadne and HMS Ceres
  • Condemned and sold to the Royal Navy at Barbados and commissioned HMS Alfred
  • Sold in 1782
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 440 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 220
    Armament
    twenty 9-pdr smoothbores
    ten 6-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion sail

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    Alfred 36k Alfred, at Philadelphia, 3 December 1775, hoists the Grand Union flag for the first time, in this painting by W. Nowland Van Powell.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85212-KN
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Alfred 483k From a painting by Harry W. Capenter of Alfred, at Philadelphia, 3 December 1775, as she hoists the Grand Union flag for the first time
    National Archives Trust Fund Board.
    Tommy Trampp

    Alfred
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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