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USS Washington

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Ten ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Washington, originally in honor of George Washington, and later (20th century) for the 42nd state.

  • The first Washington was a schooner named Endeavor acquired by General George Washington in October 1775, renamed Washington, and re-rigged as a brigantine. She was captured in December. Taken to Boston, Washington, upon inspection by the Royal Navy, was deemed unsuitable for operations on the high seas; she eventually rotted away at Boston.
  • The second Washington was a row galley that operated in Narragansett Bay during the winter and spring of 1776. In July, the galleys were sent to New York, but after the British captured Manhattan late in the summer, Washington and her sister galleys vanished in the mists of unrecorded history.
  • The third Washington, 32 was one of 13 frigates authorized by the Continental Congress. She was launched in August 1776, however, the British occupied Philadelphia in 1777 forcing the local Continental forces to strip and sink Washington to prevent her falling into enemy hands intact. Her remains were later salvaged and sold at Philadelphia.
  • The fourth Washington, a lateen-rigged two-masted galley, was built in the autumn of 1776, and served in Brigadier General Benedict Arnold's fleet at the Battle of Valcour Island. Heavily damaged, Washington was captured and eventually taken into British service, apparently retaining her name. Her subsequent fate, however, is unrecorded.

See also USS George Washington.

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