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USS Retaliation (II)

  • French schooner La Croyable captured by USS Delaware, 7 July 1798, off Egg Harbor, N.J.
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 30 July 1798, renamed USS Retaliation, and placed her under the command of LT. William Bainbridge
  • Retaliation departed Norfolk, 28 October 1798 with USS Montezuma and USS Norfolk and cruised in the West Indies protecting American commerce during the Quasi-War with France
  • On 20 November, French frigates, L'Insurgente and Volontaire overtook Retaliation while her consorts were away on a chase and forced Bainbridge to surrender the hopelessly out-gunned schooner
  • Renamed Magicienne by the French, the schooner again came into American hands on 28 June, when a broadside from USS Merrimack forced her to haul down her colors
  • She performed convoy duty in the Caribbean before returning to Philadelphia in August
  • Her crew was then discharged and the schooner was sold, 29 November 1799 to Thomas and Peter Mackie
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 107 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 76
    Armament 14 guns
    Propulsion sail

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