Event Summary

Congress buys the first vessel in its new navy

Date

November 1775

Description

Congress buys the Black Prince from Robert Morris, renames it the Alfred, and makes it the first vessel in its new navy. Fitted out with 24 guns; Dudley Saltonstall its first captain; captured in 1778 by HMS Ariadne and Ceres.

Lecture

Navy/Warfare

Timeline 1

The Revolutionary Atlantic, 1750-1815

Timeline 2

American Navy and Naval Warfare, 1775-1865

Record ID

338