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US Brig Cabot (I)

  • Purchased at Philadelphia, PA., during November 1775
  • Outfitted there by Wharton and Humphreys
  • Placed under the command of CAPT. J. B. Hopkins as one of the first ships of the Continental Navy
  • Cabot participated in the amphibious operations against New Providence, in the Bahama Islands, 3 March 1776
  • Between May and October Cabot cruised the New England coast, taking seven prizes
  • Cabot stood out of Boston in March 1777, and later in the month encountered HMS Milford (32)
  • Milford, the more powerful of the two, forced Cabot ashore in Nova Scotia
  • While Cabot's captain and crew escaped unharmed, the British were later able to get the brig off, and refitted her for service in the Royal Navy. Cabot was the first Continental naval ship captured by the British
    Displacement 189 t.
    Length 74' 10"
    Beam 24' 8"
    Depth 11' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 120
    fourteen 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Cabot 81k Panting by William Nowland Van Powell of the US Brig Cabot. From the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp

    US Brig Cabot (I)
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