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USF Deane

  • Built, date unknown, at Nantes France
  • Sailed to the United States in May 1778 to be outfitted for sea
  • Continental Navy frigate USF Deane sailed from Boston, 14 January 1779, CAPT. Nicholson in command, in company with USF Alliance for a cruise in the West Indies, securing one prize, the armed ship Viper
  • Sailing from Philadelphia, 29 July 1779, she joined with USF Boston and two ships of the Virginia Navy guarding a convoy of merchantmen out to sea
  • Deane continued on for a 5-week cruise she netted eight prizes, including four privateers, the packet Sandwich, and the sloop-of-war HMS Thorn
  • The frigate arrived at Boston, 6 September 1779, with 250 prisoners after one of the most notable cruises of the Continental Navy
  • During the winter and early spring of 1781 and again in 1782 Deane cruised with Confederacy and Continental Navy sloop USS Saratoga in the West Indies, capturing four prizes
  • Deane again sailed the Caribbean twice more before being placed out of commission in 1783 at Boston
  • Renamed Hague in September 1782
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 96'
    Beam 32'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    twenty-four 12-pdrs
    two 6-pdrs
    eight 4-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Silas Deane, born 24 December 1737 in Groton, CT., was an outstanding leader of the Revolutionary movement in Connecticut and a member of the first and second Continental Congresses. He was sent in 1776 as the first political and commercial agent to France and remained there until appointed as one of the three American commissioners who successfully negotiated two treaties one of commerce and the other, a military alliance, with the French government in February 1778. He died 23 September 1789.
    Black and white line engraving by W. Angus after Du Simetiere, published by J. Fielding, London, 1783. Courtesy of Mr. Frederick S. Hicks, Alexandria, VA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 64131

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