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Independence (I)

  • Built, date unknown, in Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased and fitted out by the Marine Committee
  • In September 1776 she cruised under CAPT. John Young along the Atlantic Coast to the Caribbean to guard American merchant trade in the West Indies
  • In mid-1777 she sailed for France, arriving at L'Orient in late September with important diplomatic dispatches
  • Independence was wrecked, 24 April 1778, on the bar while attempting to enter Okracoke Inlet, N.C.
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    ten guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Lexington 60k Painting by William Nowland Van Powell of Independence in harbor at Brest, France. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp

    Independence (I)
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