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Delaware (II)

  • Built in 1794 as the merchant ship Hamburgh Packet at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 5 May 1798
  • Captain S. Decatur, Sr., was appointed to command and outfit the ship for sea
  • During the Quasi-War with France, Delaware cruised to protect American merchant shipping from French privateers
  • Delaware guarded convoys during their approach to Philadelphia and New York, patrolled in the West Indies, and escorted convoys into Havana
  • Delaware took as her first prize, the privateer La Croyable, off Great Egg Harbor, 7 July 1798
  • From 14 July to 23 September, Delaware cruised in the West Indies, with the frigate United States, together the ships took two privateers prize
  • Between 15 December 1798 and 20 May 1799, Delaware took another prize
  • Delaware returned to the West Indies from July 1799 to July 1800 joining the Revenue Cutter Eagle in taking a privateer sloop
  • Delaware took a privateer brig, 29 October, rescuing 30 Americans held prisoner
  • Delaware returned to Baltimore, where she was sold early in June 1801
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 321 t.
    Length 94' 9"
    Beam 28'
    Depth 14'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 180
    sixteen 9-pdrs
    four 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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