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Laid down, date unknown as the Continental Navy Frigate USF Confederacy at Chatham, CT.
Launched, 8 November 1778, towed to New London, CT. for fitting out
Confederacy's first assignment, 1 May to 24 August 1779, under the command of CAPT. S. Harding, involved cruising the Atlantic coast convoying
On 6 June Confederacy in company with USF Deane captured three prizes, drove off two British frigates and brought
the convoy safely into Philadelphia, PA.
Sailing for Europe on 17 September 1779 Confederacy carried the French Minister and family back to France as well as John Jay, the first American Minister to Spain and family
During the return voyage on 7 November 1779 Confederacy was completely dismasted and almost lost, managing to make Martinique early in December
In March 1781, once again on convoy duty, Confederacy encountered the British ships
HMS Roebuck (44 guns) and
(32 guns) while homeward bound from the West Indies, forcing Confederacy to strike her colors
The frigate was taken into British service as commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Confederate
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 959 t.
Beam 35' 6"
Depth of Hold unknown
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||Undated Revolutionary War painting by William Nowland Van Powell, depicting the Continental Navy 36-gun
sailing frigate USF Confederacy displayed at the Navy Art Gallery at the Washington Navy Yard.
US Navy photo # 090625-N-9671T by MC2 Kenneth G. Takada
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 17 June 2016
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