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USS Norfolk (I)

  • Built in 1798 by the city of Norfolk, VA. for the public service at the beginning of the Quasi-War with France, CAPT. Thomas Williams in command
  • On 25 October Norfolk sailed with Montezuma and Retaliation for the West Indies for the purpose of destroying French armed vessels and protecting American commerce
  • Norfolk joined COMO. Truxtun's squadron, 20 January 1799, at Bassateere Roads
  • She sailed northward with a convoy of merchant ships 6 March, and proceeded to Philadelphia
  • Norfolk then sailed to St. Kitts to rejoin Truxtun's squadron; she arrived Bassateere Roads 17 May and was subsequently ordered to Commodore Tingey's Squadron
  • In company with Ganges Norfolk captured the French privateer Vainquelre off Guadaloupe on 16 June
  • Norfolk arrived New York 14 August with French prisoners
  • On 16 September she was ordered to the West Indies, cruising on the San Domingo Station and later in the vicinity of Havana, actively protecting American commerce and opening island ports to American trade
  • She sailed from Havana, 3 April 1800, with a number of merchant ships under convoy arriving Philadelphia 12 April
  • On 20 May she was ordered to convoy vessels to Cartagena and then to take up station with the squadron at San Domingo
  • Norfolk sailed in June and enroute encountered two French privateers, but both escaped
  • Later, in company with USF Boston, Norfolk captured a small cutter sloop
  • In August Norfolk, took under convoy vessels from Cartagena and Cape St. Nicole Mole and proceed with them to the coast of North America
  • The crew was paid off 21 October at Baltimore and the ship was prepared for sale
  • sold, probably in November 1800
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 200 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament eighteen 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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