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USS Insurgent

  • Built, date unknown in France as the French frigate L'Insurgente
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Captured, 9 February 1799 by USS Constellation, Captain Thomas Truxtun in command, after a chase and battle off the island of Nevis in the West Indies
  • Considered a prize in the quasi-war with France, the frigate was refitted for service in the West Indies, LT. John Rodgers in command, she cruised the West Indies in company with Constellation until May 1799
  • Ordered back to the United States L'Insurgente was purchased by the Navy for $84,500
  • Commissioned USS Insurgent in 1799, CAPT. Alexander Murray in command
  • USS Insurgent sailed from Hampton Roads for Europe 14 August 1799
  • Cruising European waters in the winter of 1799-1800, she captured French ship Vendemaire and recaptured the American ships Margaret, Angora, Commerce, and William, and Mary
  • Insurgent returned to the United States in March 1800
  • USS Insurgent, CAPT. Patrick Fletcher assumed command, 29 April 1800, was ordered to cruise between the West Indies and the American coast to see that United States shipping rights were observed and to capture any enemy vessels he encountered
  • Departing Baltimore 22 July with a stop at Hampton Roads she reached her station 8 August 1800
  • Never heard from again, the frigate and her crew were presumed lost as a result of the severe storm which struck the West Indies 20 September 1800
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length 148'
    Beam 37'5"
    Draft 11'9"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 340
    twenty-four 12-pdrs
    two 18-pdrs
    eight long 6-pdrs
    four 36-pdrs
    two 24-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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