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USS Montezuma (I)

  • Built as a merchant ships in 1785 at Virginia
  • Acquired by the Navy 26 June 1798 from William Taylor at Baltimore, MD., for service against "quasi-war" with France
  • Placed in service in August 1798, CAPT. Alexander Murray in command
  • Montezuma sailed from Baltimore 3 November with brig USS Norfolk, cutter USRC Eagle, and brigRetaliation for the West Indies to protect American merchantmen and search for French men-of-war
  • The ships encountered two enemy vessels 20 November and gave chase, capturing without a fight brig Fair American
  • Montezuma continued on her duty in the West Indies, convoying merchant ships to various Caribbean ports into 1799
  • On 7 March Montezuma captured French brig Les Amis, off Curacao
  • Ordered home in mid-March she and arrived at Philadelphia after convoying 57 merchant ships to various ports on the eastern seaboard 12 May 1799.
  • Montezuma sailed on her second voyage to the West Indies, 28 May, bound the Leeward Islands, escortIng U.S. shipping
  • Ordered to Jamaica to take on prize money, carrying it to Philadelphia, arriving Fort Mifflin 31 July
  • Norfolk departed Fort Mifflin 4 August dispatched to St. Kitts to pick up French prisoners for immediate return to Baltimore
  • Montezuma loaded 50 prisoners and departed on the 30th to return Baltimore, arriving 14 September
  • She remained at Baltimore while all her armament and stores were removed, preparatory to being sold
  • Sold to her original owner, William Taylor of Baltimore 30 December 1799
  • Reequipped for merchant service she sailed the Atlantic on a Baltimore-Liverpool run
  • Final Disposition, disposed of some years before the beginning of the war of 1812
    Displacement 347 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 16'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 180
    Armament twenty 9-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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