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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"
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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