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  • Built as the ship-rigged Black Prince in 1774 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched in the autumn of 1774
  • Black Prince completed two round-trip commercial runs to England as the Revolutionary War commenced
  • Purchased by the Naval Committee, 4 November 1775
  • Renamed Alfred, 8 November 1775 and ordered fitted out as a man-of-war
  • Commissioned into the Continental Navy as Alfred, 3 December 1775, CAPT. Dudley Saltonstall, in command
  • During the Revolutionary War Alfred:
    Participated in the attack of New Providence Island, Bahamas, 3 March 1776
    Participated in the capture of the British schooner Hawk, 4 April 1776
    Participated in the encounter with HMS Glasgow, 6 April 1776
    Under the command of CAPT. John Paul Jones, took six prizes off Cape Breton Island in October-November 1776
    Raided Canso, Nova Scotia, 22 November 1776, burning a transport bound for Canada and capturing a schooner
    Captured three colliers off Louisburg, 24 November 1776
    Captured letter-of-marque John
    Under the command of CAPT. Elisha Hinman in 1777, captured five prizes
    Off Barbados Alfred was captured, 9 March 1778 by HMS Ariadne and HMS Ceres
  • Condemned and sold to the Royal Navy at Barbados and commissioned HMS Alfred
  • Sold in 1782
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 440 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 220
    twenty 9-pdr smoothbores
    ten 6-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion sail

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    36k Continental ship Alfred (177578). Painting in oils by W. Nowland Van Powell, depicting LT. John Paul Jones raising the Grand Union flag as Alfred was placed in commission at Philadelphia, 3 December 1775. Commanded by Captain Dudley Saltonstall, Alfred was flagship of Commodore Esek Hopkins' Continental Navy flotilla during the remainder of 1775 and the first four months of 1776.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85212-KN.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Alfred 483k From a painting by Harry W. Capenter of Alfred, at Philadelphia, 3 December 1775, as she hoists the Grand Union flag for the first time
    National Archives Trust Fund Board.
    Tommy Trampp

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