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US Frigate Delaware (I)

  • Built under the 13 December 1775 order of the Continental Congress in the yard of Warwick Coates of Philadelphia, PA.
  • Upon her launching in July 1776, CAPT. C. Alexander took command
  • Delaware served in the Delaware River, joining with COMO. J. Hazelwood's Pennsylvania state ships in operations attempting to delay the British Fleet approaching Philadelphia
  • When the British took possession of Philadelphia, 26 September 1777, Delaware participated in a destructive fire while anchored some 500 yards from shore
  • Delaware grounded on the 27th on the ebb tide and came under concentrated fire of British artillery
  • CAPT. Alexander was compelled to strike his colors
  • Delaware was taken into the Royal Navy until sold in March 1783
    Displacement 563 t.
    Length 119'
    Beam 32' 11"
    Depth 9' 9"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    twenty-two 12-pdrs
    six 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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