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St. Mary's

  • Built in 1797 on the banks of the St. Mary's River at Patterson Yard, St Mary's, GA.
  • Launched in 1797
  • Placed in service in 1797
  • St. Mary's, one seven galleys, constructed and equipped by the Navy for operation under the War Department on coast defense duty during the Quasi-War with France
  • The galley was ideally suited for the defense of the many inlets and small harbors along the coast of the southern United States as she could be maneuvered with oars in the absence of wind.
  • Duties included defending settlements and waterways, the prevention of hostile raids, and to take or destroy any armed French vessels encountered
  • St. Mary's patrolled off the Georgia coast from 1798 to 1801, protecting local commerce and watching for French privateers
  • Transferred to the Revenue Cutter Service late in 1801
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 530 t.
    Keel Length 52'
    Beam 15'
    Depth of Hold 5' 8"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Officers 2
    Enlisted 26
    one 24-pdr
    five brass howitzers
    Propulsion Lug/Lanteen sail plan and oars

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    St. Mary's (I) 46k Drawing of ship's plans of the galley St Mary's (I). Image courtesy of USS St. Mary's Robert Hurst
    St. Mary's (I) 158k Model of the galley St Mary's (I). Image courtesy of USS St. Mary's Robert Hurst

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