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US Brig Reprisal (I)

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Merchantman Molly purchased by the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress, 28 March 1776
  • Renamed Reprisal, CAPT. Lambert Wickes in command
  • Reprisal departed Philadelphia in later part of June bound for Martinique to bring back munitions for Gen. Washington's armies.
  • Reprisal was ordered to proceed to Nantes, France with Commissioner to France Benjamin Franklin aboard
  • Reprisal was the first Continental Navy ship to arrive in European waters
  • Reprisal along with Lexington and Dolphin participated in the action to capture British ships in and around Ireland, 18 to 26 June 1777, Wicks squadron took eighteen prizes
  • Reprisal was lost off the banks of Newfoundland around 1 October 1777, with all hands except the cook lost
    Displacement unknown
    Length 100'
    Beam 30'
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 130
    eighteen 6-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Lexington 174k Panting by William Nowland Van Powell of USS Lexington and USS Reprisal. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp

    US Brig Reprisal (I)
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