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Independence (I)

  • Built, date unknown, in Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased and fitted out by the Marine Committee
  • In September 1776 she cruised under CAPT. John Young along the Atlantic Coast to the Caribbean to guard American merchant trade in the West Indies
  • In mid-1777 she sailed for France, arriving at L'Orient in late September with important diplomatic dispatches
  • Independence was wrecked, 24 April 1778, on the bar while attempting to enter Okracoke Inlet, N.C.
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament ten guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Lexington 60k Painting by William Nowland Van Powell of Independence in harbor at Brest, France. Courtesy the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp
    Lexington 289k Independence captures a West Indiaman, 1777
    Continental Sloop Independence, CAPT. Thomas Truxtun, in 1777, while to the Azores, captured a number of small prizes and then had the luck to fall in with the convoy from the Windward Islands. Although frigates protected the fleet Truxtun cut out three big ships, one of which was manned and armed better than Independence, save only for the difference in captains. Artist, Warren (attributed)
    US National Archives Catalog #: USN 902756, now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    Independence (I)
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