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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.
Depth of Hold unknown
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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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