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Sachem (I)

  • Captured by Lexington off the Delaware capes, 7 April 1776
  • Edward a tender to the British frigate HMS Liverpool was condemned at Philadelphia by the prize court
  • Purchased by the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress, 2 May. Renamed Sachem
  • Shortly before Sachem was ready for action, CAPT. Isaiah Robinson assumed command
  • Sachem departed Philadelphia, 6 July 1776 and captured British letter of marque Three Friends, 12 August
  • Placed under the direction of the Secret Committee of the Continental Congress few details of her operations survived
  • Sachem was reportedly burned in the Delaware River the following autumn to avoid capture by the British, but evidence to substantiate this claim is scanty
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    ten guns

    Propulsion sail

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    Lexington 39k Painting by William Nowland Van Powell of Lexington battling HMS Edward. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp
    Sechem 65k Panting by William Nowland Van Powell of Sachem. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp

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