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USS Ranger (I)
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.
Depth 13' 4"
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||US naval legend John Paul Jones raised the Star Spangled Banner above the USS Ranger on July 4, 1777. Painting of the
USS Ranger by Edward Moran.
||USS Ranger and HMS Drake ©Helen Tilton, 1905.
||Ship model of USS Ranger.
USS Ranger (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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