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Cabot (I)

  • Purchased in November 1775 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Outfitted by Wharton and Humpreys
  • CAPT. John B. Hopkins, Continental Navy, in command
  • Participated in COMO. Esek Hopkins expedition against the Bahamas, 3 March 1776, at New Providence
  • Engaged HMS Glasgow, 6 April 1776, with the rest of the expedition
  • Sailing off the New England coast in March and in September to October seizing 7 prizes in all
  • In March 1777 Cabot stood out of Boston and encountered 32 gun HMS Milford that same month
  • Out gunned Cabot was forced ashore at Nova Scotia, and refloated by the British
  • Cabot was the first Continental naval ship captured by the British
    Displacement 189 t.
    Length 74' 10"
    Beam 24' 8"
    Depth 11' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 120
    fourteen 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Cabot 146k Continental Navy Brig Cabot at anchor. Painting by William Nowland Van Powell, from the US Navy Art Collection. Tommy Trampp
    Cabot 100k Portrait of Cabot commanding officer, CAPT. John Burroughs Hopkins, Continental Navy, by an unknown artist, from the Gaspee Virtual Archives. Tommy Trampp

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