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USS Virginia (II)

  • 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
    Displacement 187t.
    Length 50'
    Beam 18' 10"
    Depth of Hull 8' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 70
    six 6-pdrs
    eight 4-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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