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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
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
Displacement 440 t.
twenty 9-pdr smoothbores
ten 6-pdr smoothbores
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||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
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||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
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 15 June 2012
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