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Continental Navy Sloop Ranger (I)

Ship sloop:
  • Laid down as Hampshire by James K. Hackett, Portsmouth, N.H. in 1776-77
  • Commissioned as the Continental Navy ship sloop Ranger CAPT. John Paul Jones in command
  • Ranger sailed for France 1 November 1777, carrying dispatches telling of General Burgoyne's surrender to the Commissioners in Paris, where Jones delivered the news of the victory at Saratoga to Dr. Franklin
  • Ranger received the first official salute to the new American flag, the "Stars and Stripes," given by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay, 14 February 1778
  • Ranger sailed from Brest, 10 April 1778, for the Irish Sea, taking several prizes, raiding ports and burning ships in British harbors
  • Ranger defeated HMS Drake in late April and arrived at Brest with her prizes
  • Captain Jones was detached to command Bonhomme Richard, leaving LT. Simpson, his first officer, in command.
  • Ranger departed Brest 21 August, reaching Portsmouth, N.H., 15 October
  • The sloop departed Portsmouth 24 February 1779 joining with the other ships of the Continental Navy to prey on British shipping in the North Atlantic
  • Ranger departed for Charleston arriving their 23 December 1779, to support the garrison there under siege by the British
  • Ranger was captured on the Cooper River, 11 May 1780
  • The ship was taken into the Royal Navy and commissioned HMS Halifax
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 308 t.
    Length 116'
    Beam 28'
    Depth 13' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 140
    eighteen 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Ranger 79k US naval legend John Paul Jones raised the Star Spangled Banner above the Ranger on July 4, 1777. Painting of the USS Ranger by Edward Moran. Tommy Trampp
    Ranger 187k Ranger and HMS Drake ©Helen Tilton, 1905. Arnold Putnam
    Ranger 546k Ship model of Ranger. Arnold Putnam

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