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Lexington (I)

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Brigantine Wild Duck purchased in February 1776 at St. Eustatius, Dutch West Indies for the Maryland Committee of Safety
  • Purchased by the Marine Committee, 13 March 1776, renamed Lexington
  • Lexington put to sea, 26 March, CAPT. John Barry in command
    Defeated sloop HMS Edward, 27 March 1776
    Captured Lady Susan, 27 July 1776
    Took sloop Betsy in September
  • Lexington, CAPT. William Hallock in command, was captured by British frigate HMS Pearl, 20 December 1776 Lexington's crew recaptured the ship from the British prize crew and returned safely to Baltimore
  • Lexington CAPT. Henry Johnson in command sailed for France 20 February 1777
  • Lexington along with Reprisal and Dolphin participated in the action to capture British ships in and around Ireland, 18 to 26 June 1777
  • Lexington was captured by the British cutter HMS Alert 19 September 1777, off the coast of France
    Displacement unknown
    Length 86'
    Beam 24' 6"
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 110
    fourteen 4-pdrs
    twelve swivel guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Lexington 174k Panting by William Nowland Van Powell of Lexington and Reprisal. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp
    Lexington 39k Painting by William Nowland Van Powell of Lexington battling HMS Edward. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp

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