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USS Eagle (I)

  • Built in 1798 as the wooden hulled schooner Eagle at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Commissioned in the Revenue Cutter Service under the command of CAPT. H. G. Campbell, USRCS
  • Transferred to the Navy in July 1798 for service in the undeclared naval war with France
  • Placed on the permanent Navy List in April 1800
  • From October 1798 Eagle patrolled off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia protecting American shipping from French privateers
  • Ordered to the West Indies, she arrived at Prince Rupert's Bay, Dominica, 14 March 1799, to hunt French ships, and to convoy merchant vessels on the Guadeloupe Station until late June 1799
  • Laid up for repairs, 28 September 1800, at Newcastle, DE.
  • Eagle returned to the West Indies in January 1801
  • Eagle Returned to Baltimore in June 1801 where she was decommissioned and sold on 17 June 1801
  • During her career of protecting United States' rights on the high seas, she captured or assisted in the capture of 22 French vessels which had been preying on American ocean commerce
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 187 t.
    Length 58'
    Beam 20'
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 70
    Armament 14 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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