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USS Virginia (II)


Schooner:
  • Built in 1797 for the United States Revenue Cutter Service at Portsmouth, VA.
  • Transferred to the Navy for use in the undeclared naval war against France in the early summer of 1798
  • Commissioned USS Virginia, 25 June 1798, CAPT. Francis Bright in command
  • In August 1798, Virginia joined the frigate USS Constitution off the eastern seaboard of the United States for operations against suspected French warships and merchantmen
  • In December 1798 USS Virginia was reassigned to identical duty in the West Indies between St. Christopher Island and Puerto Rico as part of the squadron commanded by COMO. Thomas Truxtun
  • While helping to defend American interests in the Caribbean, Virginia, assisted by USS Richmond and USS Eagle, captured the armed French schooner Louis and her cargo on 26 April 1799
  • Declared unfit for further naval service in June 1800 the schooner was returned to the Revenue Cutter Service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 187t.
    Length 50'
    Beam 18' 10"
    Depth of Hull 8' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 70
    Armament
    six 6-pdrs
    eight 4-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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