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USS Richmond (I)

  • Built in circa 1797-98, at Norfolk, VA., as Augusta for Mr. Moses Myers
  • Purchased for the Navy in 1798 by the citizens of Richmond, Petersburg, Manchester and Norfolk, VA.
  • Renamed USS Richmond, she was fitted out in the fall of 1798
  • USS Richmond stood out of Hampton Roads in December for the Caribbean, CAPT. Samuel Barron in command
  • The brig joined COMO. Truxtun's squadron in the West Indies and operated with the ships of that squadron to protect American merchant shipping from French raiders (warships and privateers)
  • Richmond convoyed merchantmen among the ports of the Lesser Antilles until June 1799
  • In May she assisted in the capture of a French privateer, Louis.
  • Richmond departed the West Indies, 19 June 1799 with a convoy bound for Norfolk, whence she continued on to New York
  • Between 18 July and 6 October, she cruised off the east coast, from Boston to the Virginia Capes, in search of rumored French raiders
  • The Brig returned to the Caribbean in February 1800
  • She re-captured the American schooner Chance, 22 May and assisted in returning Thomas Chalkley to the American merchant fleet on the 28th
  • USS Richmond sailed north in February 1801 at the conclusion of the Quasi-War with France arriving back at New York
  • In March most of her crew was detached; and on 1 April she was ordered turned over to the Navy agent at New York to be sold at auction
    Displacement 200t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hull unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament 16 guns
    Propulsion sail

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