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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
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.
Displacement 123 t.
Keel Length 72' 4"
Beam 19' 7"
Depth of Hold 6' 2"
one 12-pdr gun
two 9-pdr guns
six 6-pdr guns
Propulsion sail and oars
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