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Trumbull (I)


Galley:
  • Laid down, date unknown, on Lake Champlain at Skenesboro, N.Y., under the direction of Brigadier General Benedict Arnold
  • Launched, September 1776, CAPT. Seth Warner in command
  • Trumbull transported reinforcements to Crown Point, N.Y., as General Arnold's forces hurried to complete the building of a squadron of small vessels to oppose the expected British push toward Fort Ticonderoga
  • Trumbull was among Arnold's vessels that anchored in the lee of Valcour Island, south of Plattsburgh, N.Y., in early October, to await the British onslaught
  • On 11 October 1776, the British fleet under CAPT. Thomas Pringle sailed past Valcour Island and failed to discover Arnold's ships until he was south of them
  • Pringle's ships sailed up to meet Arnold's which were deployed in a crescent-shaped formation, anchored across Valcour Bay
  • The Americans suffered heavy damage losing several ships, with nightfall the British withdrew and anchored, thinking that the Americans could not escape
  • Under cover of darkness and fog, the surviving ships in Arnold's squadron muffled their oars to slip past the unsuspecting British
  • The British weighed anchor, gave chase, and soon overhauled the Americans. In the ensuing battle, Arnold lost six of his ships
  • Trumbull escaped only to be captured by the British the following year, 1777, and was eventually destroyed.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 123 t.
    Keel Length 72' 4"
    Beam 19' 7"
    Depth of Hold 6' 2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 80
    Armament
    one 12-pdr gun
    two 9-pdr guns
    six 6-pdr guns
    Propulsion sail and oars

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