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USF Raleigh (I)
Laid down, 21 March 1776 by Hackett, Hill, and Paul at Portsmouth, N.H., under the supervision of Thomas Thompson, authorized by the Continental Congress, 13 December 1775
Launched on 21 May 1776
Placed in service, 12 August 1777, as the Continental Navy frigate Raleigh, CAPT. Thomas Thompson in command
Raleigh soon joined the Continental Navy ship CNS Alfred (24 guns) sailing for France
Three days out Raleigh and Alfred captured a schooner carrying counterfeit Massachusetts money. Burning the schooner and her cargo
Captured British brig Nancy 2 September 1776
Engaged British convoy 4 September damaging HMS Druid (20 guns)
The two ships carrying military stores departed France, 29 December 1776
Off the coast of Africa, they captured a British vessel off Senegal
In the Lesser Antilles, 9 March 1778, Alfred, was captured by the British ships HMS Ariadne (20 guns) and HMS Ceres (16 guns).
Raleigh, unable to reach Alfred in time to assist her, continued north and returned to New England early in April
CAPT. Thompson was accused of cowardice and dereliction of duty in not aiding Alfred and was suspended from command
CAPT. John Barry assumed command, 24 June 1778
On 25 September Raleigh sailed for Portsmouth, VA., with a brig and a sloop under convoy, sighting British warships she drew off the enemy
For three days HMS Unicorn (26 guns) and HMS Experiment (50 guns), pursued Raleigh
In late afternoon on the 27 September, the leading British ship closed Raleigh. A 7-hour running battle followed, much of the time in close action
Raleigh ran aground on Wooden Ball Island and was abandoned by her crew
The British refloated Raleigh at high tide on the 28th, and after repairs, took her into the Royal Navy. As HMS Raleigh. She continued
to fight during the War for Independence and took part in the capture of Charleston, S.C., in May 1780
Decommissioned at Portsmouth, England, 10 June 1781 and sold in July 1783
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 697 t.
Length 131' 5"
Beam 34' 5"
Depth of Hold 11'
Armament thirty-two 12-pdrs
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||Model of the 32-gun Continental Navy frigate USF Raleigh (I) housed at the US Navy Museum, 27 December 2011.
by Sturmvogel (real name unknown).
USF Raleigh (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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