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USS Ganges

  • A sailing merchantman built in Philadelphia in 1794 for the West Indies trade
  • Purchased at Philadelphia 3 May 1798 when hostilities with France became imminent
  • Ganges sailed from Philadelphia, 24 May 1798, CAPT. Richard Dale USN in command, directed to take and bring into a port any French vessel (armed or unarmed) within one league of the coast or wherever found
  • In mid-September 1798 CAPT. Thomas Tingey USN assumed command Ganges and sailed 7 December to the Windward Passage joining the squadron protecting the Jamaican trade
  • On 6 January 1799 off the Island of Tortuga, Ganges fell in with the sloop Ceres, suspected of heading for illegal trade at Cap Francois
  • Ganges was boarded 21 February by officers of the 44-gun English frigate HMS Surprise off Cape Nichola Mole, Hispaniola, demanding all Englishmen aboard
  • Tingey firmly replied: "A public ship carries no protection but her flag. I do not expect to succeed in a contest with you; but I will die at my quarters before a man shall be taken from the ship." The crew gave three cheers, ran to quarters, and called for "Yankee Doodle"; Surprise departed.
  • In March Ganges was ordered to convoy Kingston, carrying American Consul General Dr. Stevens to Haiti
  • On 16 June Ganges, with Norfolk, captured French privateer Vainquere off Saint Bartholomews
  • In July she captured Eliza
  • On 5 August she captured La Rabateuse, a French "letter of marque"
  • On 16 August retook American schooner John from the French
  • On 20 August Ganges captured a small French letter of marque off St. Thomas
  • Captured L'Eugene 2 October
  • Recaptured American schooner Laurel
  • At Philadelphia CAPT. Tingey was relieved by CAPT. John Mullowny on 16 November
  • Ganges sailed in December for the West Indies convoying American merchantmen until May 1800 when she returned to the States
  • In May 1800 Ganges sailed for Havana
  • On 19 July she captured schooner Prudent
  • On 20 July recaptured American brigantine Dispatch
  • The 21st she took schooner Phoebe
  • On 28 July Ganges captured French privateer La Fortune
  • In September, her crew ridden with fever, she returned to the United States
  • Ganges sailed, 31 January 1801, again with a convoy for Havana
  • En route she was severely damaged by a storm and put into Basseterre Roads, St. Christopher
  • On 2 March she was found "unfit for sea." and remained on the Guadeloupe station
  • She reached Philadelphia early in June where she was sold 8 December for $21,000
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 504 t.
    Length 116'4"
    Beam 31'4"
    Depth of Hold 15'8"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 220
    Armament twenty-six 9-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    USS Ganges
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01 CAPT. Richard Dale USN24 May 1798 - mid-September 1798
    02 CAPT. Thomas Tingey USN mid-September 1798 - 16 November 1799
    03CAPT. John Mullowny16 November 1799 - December 1801
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