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Washington (I)

  • Built, date location unknown, as the schooner Endeavor
  • Acquired by General George Washington in early October of 1775 from George Erving and Capt. Benjamin Wormwell of Plymouth, MA.
  • Never part of the Continental Navy Endeavor was renamed Washington, fitted out at Plymouth and re-rigged as a brigantine, CAPT. Sion Martindale in command
  • Washington's charter was consummated, 3 November 1775, she was authorized to operate off the New England coast between Cape Cod and Cape Ann to disrupt British shipping
  • Washington in company with the schooner Harrison sailed 23 November and almost immediately encountered the British frigate HMS Tartar which scared off both Continental ships
  • Soon thereafter, Washington captured the provision-laden, 80-ton sloop Britannia and turned her over to Continental authorities
  • Washington encountered British 6th rate, 20-gun frigate HMS Fowey, 4 December 1775 in Massachusetts Bay, giving chase Fowey reached gun range and fired a warning shot causing Washington to lower her colors
  • Inspected by the Royal Navy and found unsuitable for operations on the high seas, she eventually rotted away at Boston
    Displacement 160 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 74
    six 6-pdr guns
    four 4-pdr guns
    10 swivel guns
    Propulsion sail

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