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USS Pickering


Brig:
  • Built in 1799 at Newburyport, MA. for the Revenue Service
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service as USRC Pickering, date unknown, Captain Jonathan Chapman, USRCS in command
  • Taken into the Navy in July, 1798 at the outbreak of the Quasi-War with France
  • Pickering joining COMO. Barry's squadron in the West Indies
  • Pickering, LT. Edward Preble in command, fought her most notable engagement with the French privateer L'Egypte Conquise, after a 9 hour battle the American's defeated the larger more heavily gunned Frenchman
  • Pickering was permanently transferred to the Navy 20 May
  • Master Commandant Benjamin Hillar, USN, assumed command in June, as Pickering continued to cruise in the West Indies, and before her return to the United States she captured four French privateers
  • Ordered to join the squadron of Commodore Thomas Truxtun on the Guadeloupe Station, West Indies, Pickering departed Boston 10 June 1800
  • She sailed from Newcastle, Del. 20 August 1800, but was never heard from again
  • Final Disposition, Pickering was presumed lost with all hands in a gale that September
    Specifications:
    Displacement 187 t.
    Length 77'
    Beam 30'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 70
    Armament fourteen 4-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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