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Washington (II)

  • Authorized by the Rhode Island General Assembly in the autumn of 1775
  • Under the command of John Grimes commodore of galleys Washington and her sister galley Spitfire operated in Narragansett Bay, protecting the colony's shipping, carrying troops, and covering foraging parties seeking supplies
  • The galleys were sent to New York to join the tiny flotilla George Washington was fitting out on the Hudson River and apparently came under Continental control
  • Washington led an attack on the Royal Navy's warships HMS Phoenix and HMS Rose on 3 August
  • The action at grapeshot range lasted over two hours before the Americans retired to Dobb's Ferry
  • During the engagement, four Americans were killed, and 14 others were wounded, on the British side, Phoenix was hulled twice and suffered substantial damage
  • After the British captured Manhattan Island late in the summer, Washington and her sister galleys vanished in the mists of unrecorded history
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 60
    Armament one 18-pdr gun
    Propulsion oars and sail

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    Florida 128k Model of the Continental navy row galley Washington (II) in the US National Navy Museum, 27 December 2011.
    Photo taken by Sturmvogel 66 (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst

    Washington (II)
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