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Ship of the Line:
  • One of three 74-gun ships of the line authorized by Congress, 9 November 1776
  • Laid down in May 1777 at the John Langdon shipyard, Rising Castle Island, on the Piscataqua River, between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.
  • Construction delays and shortage of cash prevent her launching until 6 November 1782
  • Congress authorized transfer to France to replace Magnifique which ran aground in Boston harbor and was destroyed, 11 August 1782
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by France circa 1785
    Displacement 1,982 t.
    Length 182' 6"
    Beam 50' 6"
    Depth of Hold 23'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 626
    20 long 18-pdrs
    32 long 12-pdrs
    14 long 9-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    America 292k John Barry, designated as first commanding officer of America seen here overseeing construction of the ship.
    The Beverley R. Robinson Collection, US Naval Academy Museum.
    Tommy Trampp

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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