Name

Abraham Whipple

Career

Navy

Occupation 1

Revolutionary naval officer

Region

NA/New England region

Era

Maritime Republic (1751-1815)

Born

1733

Died

1819

Source

RMc

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Born and raised in Providence, RI, and to sea at an early age. Frequent trips to West Indies and became in the French and Indian War a succesful privateer against French shipping. He later sailed ships for the Browns of Providence and may have participated in some slaving voyages.

At the onset of the Revolutionary War, Whipple secured a commission in the Continental navy through the good offices of his fellow Rhode islanders Stephen and Esek Hopkins, the first commander of the Continental navy. He commanded a ship in the amphibious assault on New Providence, Bahamas in the spring of 1776 and later commanded the frigateProvidence, with which he captured several prizes before it went aground in 1779. In 1780 Whipple participated in the unsuccessful defense of Charleston and was captured when the town fell to the British forces in May 1780. He was subsequently released in a prisoner exchange.

After the war Whipple moved out to Ohio, where he was involved in land speculation and opening the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to navigation.

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