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'Confederacy' American Frigate 1781 (With Plans)

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'Confederacy' 


 


Ship Plans:


https://drive.google...ZTA&usp=sharing


 


USS Confederacy was a 36-gun sailing frigate of the Continental Navy in the American Revolutionary War.


She was launched 8 November 1778 at Chatham (Norwich?), Connecticut, and towed to New London to be prepared for sea. From 1 May to 24 August 1779 she cruised on the Atlantic coast under the command of Captain Seth Harding. While convoying a fleet of merchantmen, on 6 June, she and Deane captured three prizes, drove off two British frigates and brought the convoy safely into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


On 17 September 1779 Confederacy was ordered to carry the French Minister and his family back to France. Later John Jay, the first American Minister to Spain, his secretary, and family were added to the passenger list. During the passage on 7 November 1779 Confederacy was completely dismasted and almost lost, but managed through the skillful seamanship of Captain Harding to reach Martinique early in December. After repairs, she returned to convoy duty.


While homeward bound from Cape Francois in the West Indies in 1781 with military stores and other supplies, Confederacy was forced to strike her flag to the British ships HMS Roebuck (44) and Orpheus (32). She was subsequently taken into the British service as HMS Confederate.


 


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USS Confederacy 36 guns 1778  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Confederacy_(1778)
 
USS Hancock 32 guns 1776 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hancock_(1776)
 
USS Essex 32 guns 1799 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Essex_(1799) - there is already a topic with same exact plans as mine but I have one more picture :)
 
American Privateer Oliver Cromwell 24 guns 1777 http://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=19093
 
Here are the plans
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1xK8yroHPifTU9NWFNoazZsZTA&usp=sharing

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USS Confederacy 36 guns 1778  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Confederacy_(1778)

 

USS Hancock 32 guns 1776 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Hancock_(1776)

 

USS Essex 32 guns 1799 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Essex_(1799) - there is already a topic with same exact plans as mine but I have one more picture :)

 

American Privateer Oliver Cromwell 24 guns 1777 http://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=19093

 

Here are the plans

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1xK8yroHPifTU9NWFNoazZsZTA&usp=sharing

 

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It looks like it has ports for oars. Damn....

 

Oar-assisted frigate. Origins come from 1670s such as the HMS Charles Galley. Not a surprising throwback design considering these frigates had to operate in dangerous narrow harbors and rivers for berthing and hide in coves and other treacherous places abroad during the American Revolution. 

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Found a paper with a great deal of additional information on Confederacy.  I had not quite realized that she was very large and heavily built for her time (160 foot gundeck!), especially compared to contemporary British frigates of similar armament.  In fact, after her capture, the Brits noted she would be more appropriately armed with 28x 18pdrs, and--although misunderstanding the history of her construction--that she could have been "easily converted into a Ship-of-the-Line, for which she was first intended, her Keel and lower Timbers being equal to our Sixty-fours."  Unfortunately, her hull was found to have suffered significant detioration from the use of green timber in her construction and neither of these ideas was pursued.

http://www.thenrg.org/resources/articles/Continental Frigate Confederacy by Douglas Robinson.pdf

 

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