Ship Name

Providence

Type

top-sail sloop

Origins/Provenance

Providence, RI (1768)

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Year Launched

1775

Home Waters

Narragansett Bay

Function

Military

Displacement (tons)

95

Length (feet)

71

Beam (feet)

20

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

extended bowsprit

Hull

wooden

Armament

18 guns

Crew

75

Historical Note

John Paul Jones' first command in Continental navy; sailed it in 1776-77 along New England coast in search of prizes. Earlier declined command because of his inexperience with fore-and-aft rigged vessels.

Related Images

sloopprovidence_ship.jpg
Full-scale replica of the top-sail sloop, John Paul Jones' first command in the Revolutionary war, 1776-77.
Image ID: 2037

Related People

Jones, John Paul, Whipple, Abraham

Record ID: 296