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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
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'
20 long 18-pdrs
32 long 12-pdrs
14 long 9-pdrs
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||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 January 2014
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