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USS Merrimack (I)


Ship:
  • Built by funds subscribed by the citizens of Newburyport, MA.
  • Launched, 12 October 1798, by an Association of Shipwrights and presented to the Navy
  • Placed in service in December 1798, Capt. Moses Brown in command
  • Sailed from Boston 3 January 1799 for the Windward Islands to protect American merchantmen in the Caribbean during the naval war with France
  • On 28 June 1799, Merrimack took her first prize L'Magicienne, the former American naval schooner USS Retaliation
  • On 7 August 1799, took the French letter-of-marque schooner Bonaparte
  • With USS Ganges and USS Pickering, recaptured American schooner John on 15 August
  • Merrimack freed American brig Ceres 6 June 1800
  • At Curacao, 22 September, Merrimack and USS Patapsco fought off a French force of 16 Ships from Guaduloupe besieging the city with 1,400 men
  • Merrimack captured French privateer sloop Phoenix 20 October and later in the year took French brig Brilliant
  • A list of American prizes credits Merrimack with recapturing English schooner Godfrey but gives no details about the action
  • After escorting a convoy of merchantmen home to Boston in 1801 Merrimack was stripped of naval equipment in April and was sold later in the year
  • Final Disposition lost off Cape Cod while operating in merchant service under the name Monticello
    Specifications:
    Displacement 460 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    twenty 9-pdrs
    eight 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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