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Trumbull (I)

  • 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.
    Displacement 123 t.
    Keel Length 72' 4"
    Beam 19' 7"
    Depth of Hold 6' 2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 80
    one 12-pdr gun
    two 9-pdr guns
    six 6-pdr guns
    Propulsion sail and oars

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