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Spitfire (I)

  • Authorized by the Rhode Island General Assembly in the autumn of 1775
  • Under the command of John Grimes commodore of galleys Spitfire and her sister galley Washington operated in Narragansett Bay, protecting the colony's shipping, carrying troops, and covering foraging parties seeking supplies
  • On 11 April 1776, they recaptured brigantine Georgia Packet and sloop Speedwell which HMS Scarborough had captured and brought into the bay
  • On August Spitfire joined Lady Washington and Washington in attacking HMS Phoenix and HMS Rose in an engagement lasting over two hours before retiring, one man in Spitfire was killed and two were badly wounded
  • The two galleys returned to Providence late in the month
  • Few records have survived to fill out the galley's subsequent career, she was apparently sent to New London early in October 1776
  • Nothing of is heard of Spitfire until the summer of 1778, by which time it was reported that she had been captured or destroyed by the British
    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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