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USS Experiment (I)

  • Built in 1799 at Baltimore, MD.
  • USS Experiment first put to sea late in November 1799, LT. W. Maley in command
  • Experiment joined CAPT. Silas Talbot squadron on the Santo Domingo station
  • While assigned to the Squadron Experiment took a nunmber of prizes while searching for French privateers
  • Becalmed, 1 January 1800, in the Bight of Leogane with a convoy of four merchantmen, Experiment was attacked by 11 armed pirate boats, manned by about four or five hundred buccaneers. In the ensuing seven hour battle the pirates took three of the merchantmen while Experiment sank two of the attacking craft, and killed and wounded many of the pirates, suffering only one man wounded
  • Arriving in the Delaware River early in July 1800, Experiment refitted, and returned to the West Indies
  • During this second patrol Experiment was again successful against the French, she captured several armed vessels and recaptured a number of American merchantmen
  • In January 1801 Experiment rescued 65 Spaniards from the ship Eliza, wrecked on a reef of the island of Saona
  • Returning to Norfolk early in February 1801, she was laid up there until August, when she sailed to Baltimore
  • Experiment was sold in October 1801 at Baltimore.
    Displacement 1353 t.
    Length 84'7"
    Beam 22'6"
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 9'6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 70
    twelve 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Hastings 97k A sketch by William Bainbridge Hoff of the Schooner USS Experiment fighting off picaroons with her convoy off the island of Gonave near Haiti. Image created 1 January 1800.
    From "Memoir of Commodore David Porter: of the United States Navy" By David Dixon Porter, pg 28.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Experiment (I)
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