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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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    146k Continental Navy Brig Cabot at anchor. Painting by William Nowland Van Powell, from the US Navy Art Collection. Tommy Trampp
    100k Portrait of Cabot commanding officer, CAPT. John Burroughs Hopkins, Continental Navy, by an unknown artist, from the Gaspee Virtual Archives. Tommy Trampp
    111k HM ships Experiment and Cabot (Ex-USS Cabot) in an action against the French at Cancale Bay on 13 May 1779. Signed and dated, lower left: Thomas Luny (1759-1837) 1779. The label reads: "May 13 1779. Sir James Wallace, commander of HMS Experiment, with the Pallas, Unicorn, Fortunae and Cabot Brigs attacking the Danae, Valeur, Recluse, three French frigates, and a cutter in Cancale Bay. The Danae he brought off; the other three being aground he burnt, amidst a smart fire from the battery of six twelve-pounders and several cannon from the shore.The battery he silenced in half an hour." Oil on canvas in the collection of The Foundling Museum, London Robert Hurst

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