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USS Pickering
USRC Pickering (1798)

  • Built in 1798 at Newburyport, MA. for the Revenue Service
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service as USRC Pickering, date unknown, Captain Jonathan Chapman, USRCS in command
  • Taken into the Navy in July, 1798 at the outbreak of the Quasi-War with France
  • Pickering joining COMO. Barry's squadron in the West Indies
  • Pickering, LT. Edward Preble in command, fought her most notable engagement with the French privateer L'Egypte Conquise, after a 9 hour battle the American's defeated the larger more heavily gunned Frenchman
  • Pickering was permanently transferred to the Navy 20 May
  • Master Commandant Benjamin Hillar, USN, assumed command in June, as Pickering continued to cruise in the West Indies, and before her return to the United States she captured four French privateers
  • Ordered to join the squadron of Commodore Thomas Truxtun on the Guadeloupe Station, West Indies, Pickering departed Boston 10 June 1800
  • She sailed from Newcastle, Del. 20 August 1800, but was never heard from again
  • Final Disposition, Pickering was presumed lost with all hands in a gale that September
    Displacement 187 t.
    Length 77'
    Beam 30'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 70
    Armament fourteen 4-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Pickering 48k The Revenue Service "Jackass Brig" USRC Pickering served in the Quasi-War with France. She was permanently transferred to the Navy in 1800, and was lost at sea later that year.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 85146
    Robert Hurst

    USS Pickering
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