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Chronology - 1775 to 1799

Earlier    Later
1775
OCTOBER
10Continental Navy schooner Hannah, 4 engages the British sloop Nautilus near Beverly, Massachusetts
DECEMBER
13The Continental Congress authorizes the construction of 13 frigates

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1776
APRIL
4Continental Navy frigate Columbus, 24 captures the British schooner Hawk, 6
7Continental Navy brig Lexington, 14, captures the British sloop Edward, 6
JUNE
28Attack on Fort Sullivan (Sullivan's Island), South Carolina
JULY
4American Declaration of Independence signed
27Continental Navy brig Reprisal, 16, engages the British Shark, 16, off St. Pierre, Martinique
SEPTEMBER
7Submarine Turtle (invented by David Bushnell) attacks the British 3rd rate Eagle, 64, while she was at anchor off New York
OCTOBER
11Valcour Island/Lake Champlain (Battle of)
DECEMBER
20British frigate Pearl, 32 captures the Continental Navy brig Lexington, 14

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1777
JUNE
7Continental Navy frigates Hancock, 32 and Boston, 24 capture the British frigate Fox, 28.

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1778
MARCH
7Continental Navy frigate Randolph, 32 (Nicholas Biddle) engages the British Yarmouth, 64, off South Carolina
9British ships Ariadne, 20, and Ceres, 14, capture the Continental Navy ship Alfred, 24, off Barbados
APRIL
24Continental Navy sloop Ranger, 18, captures the British sloop Drake, 14, off Carrickfergus
JUNE
17British frigate Arethusa, 32 (Samuel Marshall), engages the French frigate Belle Poule
JULY
10France declares war on Britain
27Ushant (Battle of)
SEPTEMBER
10French frigate Junon, 32, captures the British frigate Fox, 28, off Brest
27British 4th rate Experiment, 50, and frigate Unicorn, 26, capture the Continental Navy frigate Raleigh, 32, off Boston
DECEMBER
19French frigate Iphigénie, 32, captures the British sloop Ceres, 18 (James Richard Dacres), off St. Lucia

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1779
MAY
7Continental Navy sloop Providence, 12, captures the British brig Diligent, 12, off Sandy Hook
JUNE
16Spain declares war on Britain
JULY
6Grenada (Battle of)
SEPTEMBER
14British frigate Pearl, 32 captures the Spanish frigate Santa Monica off the Azores
23Continental Navy Bonhomme Richard, 42 (John Paul Jones), captures the British Serapis, 44, off Flamborough Head

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1780
JANUARY
16The Moonlight Battle/Cape St. Vincent (Battle of)

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1781
FEBRUARY
19French Eveille, 74, captures the British Romulus, 44 (George Gayton)
APRIL
2Continental Navy frigate Alliance, 36, captures the British privateers Mars, 26, and Minerva, 10, off the French coast
16Porto Praya (Battle of)
MAY
28Continental Navy frigate Alliance, 36, captures the British sloop Atalanta, 16, and the British brig-sloop Trepassy, 14.
AUGUST
5Dogger Bank (Battle of)
SEPTEMBER
5The Virginia Capes (Battle of)
6Continental Navy frigate Congress, 24, captures the British Savage, 14 (Charles Stirling)

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1782
JANUARY
25 - 26Frigate Bay (Battle of)/St. Kitts (Battle of)
FEBRUARY
5Spanish capture Minorca
17Sadras/Madras (Battle of)
APRIL
12The Saintes (Battle of)
12Providien (Battle of)
JULY
6Negapatam (Battle of)

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1783
FEBRUARY
10Peace of Paris
JUNE
20Cuddalore (Battle of)

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1788
JULY
17Hogland (Battle of)

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1789
APRIL
28Mutiny on board the Bounty (William Bligh)

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1790
JULY
3Viborg Bay (Battle of)
9 - 10Svensksund (Battle of)
OCTOBER
28Nootka Convention (first) signed (agreement between Spain and Britain)

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1793
JANUARY
2Harbor batteries at Brest fire on the British brig Childers, 16 (Robert Barlow)
21Louis XVI (France) executed
FEBRUARY
1France declares war on Britain and Holland
11Britain declares war on France
15British sloop Childers, 16 (Robert Barlow), captures the French privateer Patriote near Gravelines
16British frigate Iphigenia, 32 (Patrick Sinclair), captures the French privateer Elizabeth in the Channel
17British frigate Juno, 32 (Samuel Hood), captures the French privateer Entreprenant in the Channel
21British frigate Alligator, 28 (William Affleck), captures the French privateer Prend Tout
MARCH
7France declares war on Spain
13British brig Scourge, 16 (George Brisac), captures the French privateer Sans Culotte, 12, to the west of Scilly
23Spain declares war on France
APRIL
14British squadron [St. George, 98 (Thomas Foley); Ganges, 74 (Anthony James Pye Molloy); Edgar, 74 (Albemarle Bertie); Egmont, 74 (Archibald Dickson); Phaeton, 38 (Andrew Snape Douglas)] captures the Spanish galleon San Iago (under French colors) and the French privateer General Dumourier, 22.
16British frigate Penelope, 36 (Bartholomew Samuel Rowley), captures the French Goelan, 14.
MAY
27British frigate Venus, 32 (Jonathan Faulknor), engages the French frigate Sémillante, 36 (Gaillard)
27French frigate La Concorde, 40, captures the British frigate Hyaena, 24 (William Hargood)
28British frigate Phaeton, 38 (Andrew Snape Douglas), captures the French Prompte, 20, off the coast of Spain
JUNE
18British frigate Nymphe, 36 (Edward Pellew), captures the French frigate Cléopâtre, 36 (Jean Mullon)
JULY
31British frigate Boston, 32 (George William Augustus Courtenay), engages the French frigate Embuscade, 36 (Jean-Baptiste-François Bompart)
AUGUST
25British 3rd rate Orion, 74 (John Thomas Duckworth), captures the French privateer Sans Culottes
SEPTEMBER
19British troops land on San Domingo
30Attack on Fornelli
OCTOBER
20British frigate Crescent, 36 (James Saumarez), captures the French frigate Réunion, 36 (François A. Dénian)
24British frigate Thames, 32 (James Cotes), engages the French frigate Uranie, 40.
24French squadron [Carmagnole, 40 (Zacharie-Jacques-Théodore Allemand); Résolue, 36; Sémillante, 36; Espiègle, 16] captures the British frigate Thames, 32 (James Cotes)
NOVEMBER
25British Penelope, 32 (Bartholomew Samuel Rowley), and Iphigenia, 32 (Patrick Sinclair), capture the French frigate L'Inconstante, 36, in the Bight of Leogane, St. Domingo

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1794
APRIL
4 - 5/23Siege of Bastia
MAY
5British frigate Orpheus, 32 (Henry Newcome), captures the French frigate Duguay Trouin, 32, off Mauritius
7British 3rd rate Swiftsure, 74 (Charles Boyles), captures the French frigate Atalante, 36 (Charles Linois), after a 2-day chase
9French Patriote, 74, captures the British frigate Castor, 32 (Thomas Troubridge)
29British frigate Carysfort, 28 (Francis Laforey), captures the French frigate Castor, 32
JUNE
1Glorious 1st June (Battle of)
17British 4th rate Romney, 50 (William Paget), captures the French frigate Sibylle, 40
19 - 8/10Siege of Calvi
JULY
14French frigates Seine and Galatea capture the British Hound, 16.
NOVEMBER
10Mutiny on board the Windsor Castle, 98 (William Shield)
DECEMBER
3Mutiny on board the Culloden, 74 (Thomas Troubridge)

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1795
JANUARY
5British frigate Blanche, 32 (Robert Faulknor) captures the French frigate Pique, 36 (Conseil) off Guadeloupe
MARCH
13 - 14Gulf of Genoa (Battle of)
13British frigate Lively, 32 (George Burlton) captures the French frigate Tourterelle
APRIL
10British frigate Astraea, 32 (Henry Paulet), captures the French frigate Gloire, 40
MAY
16Treaty of the Hague signed (alliance between France and the Netherlands)
JUNE
23Île de Groix (Battle of)
24British frigates Dido, 28 (George Towry) and Lowestoffe, 32 (Robert Middleton) engage the French frigates Minerve and Artémise, eventually capturing Minerve
JULY
13Hyères (Battle of)

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1796
MARCH
8British capture Amboyna
11British frigate Phaeton, 38 (Robert Stopford) captures the French corvette Bonne Citoyenne, 20
APRIL
20British frigate Indefatigable, 44 (Edward Pellew), captures the French frigate Virginie, 44
JUNE
8British frigate Unicorn, 32 (Thomas Williams), captures the French frigate Tribune
12British 3rd rate Alfred, 74 (T. Drury), captures the French frigate Renommée, 44
13British frigate Dryad, 36 (Lord Amelius Beauclerk), captures the French frigate Proserpine, 44
SEPTEMBER
17 - 18Capture of Capraia (joint navy/army operation)
22British frigate Amphion, 32, catches fire and blows up in Portsmouth Harbour, killing most of the crew and visitors on board
OCTOBER
5Spain declares war on Britain
13British frigate Terpsichore, 32 (Richard Bowen), captures the Spanish frigate Mahonesa, 34
16British frigate Dryad, 36 (Lord Amelius Beauclerk), captures the French privateer brig Vautour, 9
DECEMBER
15French invasion fleet sails from Brest for Bantry Bay

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1797
FEBRUARY
14Cape St. Vincent (Battle of)
APRIL
30British frigate Indefatigable (Edward Pellew) captures the French privateer brig La Basque
JUNE
1British frigate Astraea, 32 (Richard Dacres), captures the Dutch privateer Stuiver, 10
JULY
22 - 25Attack on Tenerife
SEPTEMBER
21Mutiny on board the British frigate Hermione (Hugh Pigot)
26British sloop Victorieuse, 12 (Edward Stirling Dickson), captures the French privateer Etoile du Matin, 2, off St. Thomas
OCTOBER
11Camperdown (Battle of)
DECEMBER
21British frigate Phoebe (Robert Barlow) captures the French frigate Néréide, 36

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1798
JANUARY
23British frigate Melampus, 36 (Graham Moore), captures the French corvette Volage, 22 (Desageneaux)
MAY
30British frigate Hydra, 38 (Francis Laforey), destroys the French frigate Confiante, 36
JUNE
10French troops land on Malta
20British sloop Victorieuse, 12 (Edward Stirling Dickson), captures the French privateer Trois Couleurs, 4, off Trinidad
29British Jason (Charles Stirling), Mermaid, and La Pique (David Milne) capture the French frigate La Seine, 42 off the Saintes
AUGUST
1The Nile/Aboukir Bay (Battle of)
17French Généreux, 80, captures the British Leander, 50 (Thomas Boulden Thompson)
OCTOBER
18British frigate Anson, 44, captures the French frigate Loire, 40, off Ireland
20British frigate Fisgard, 38 (Thomas Byam Martin), captures the French frigate L'Immortalité
DECEMBER
2British sloop Victorieuse, 12 (Edward Stirling Dickson), captures the French privateer Proserpine, 2, off Cape Three Points
14French corvette Bayonnaise, 24, captures the British frigate Ambuscade, 32 (Henry Jenkins)

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1799
FEBRUARY
6British frigate Argo, 44 (James Bowen) captures the Spanish frigate Santa Teresa, 34 (Pablo Perez)
9United States frigate Constellation, 36 (Thomas Truxtun), captures the French frigate Insurgente, 40, off Nevis
9British frigate Daedalus, 32 (Henry Lidgbird Ball), captures the French frigate Prudente, 36, near the Cape of Good Hope
MARCH
1British frigate Sybille, 44 (Edward Cooke), captures the French frigate Forte, 50
12Austria declares war on France
18 - 5/20Siege of Acre
AUGUST
14 - 16British frigates Daedalus, 32 (Henry Lidgbird Ball), and Fox, 32 (Henry Stuart), attack the fort and town of Kosseir
20British frigate Clyde, 38 (Charles Cunningham) captures the French frigate Vestale, 32 (Mayor Michel Pierre Gaspard)
26British frigate Tamar, 38 (Thomas Western), captures the French frigate Républicaine, 28 off Surinam
SEPTEMBER
20French frigate Preneuse, 46, attacks British sloop Rattlesnake, 16, and store ship Camel, 24, in Algoa Bay

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