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Saginaw15 Apr 2004 9:44 a.m. PST

Would anyone happen to have a listing of Admiral Richard Howe's ships that were anchored off Staten Island when David Bushnell's submarine 'American Turtle' made it's sortie on September 6/7, 1776? I know about the flagship HMS Eagle, since that was the American's main target.

Thank you.

rmaker15 Apr 2004 6:22 p.m. PST

I haven't been able to track down a full OB, but vessels on station included:

3rd Rates: Eagle 64, Asia 64

5th Rates: Phoenix 44, Rainbow 44

6th Rates: Greyhound 28, Rose 24

Bombs: Carcass 8, Thunder 8

John Gallagher, in 'The Battle of Brooklyn 1776' (a book which must be used with a lot of care) credits Howe with two liners, 23 frigates (in which he mistakenly includes 5th Rates), and "a great number of sloops, cutters, and bomb ketches and one schooner". He only, however names the vessels above, misrating Phoenix and Rainbow as frigates

Saginaw15 Apr 2004 9:19 p.m. PST

Thank you, rmaker. That's about as good a list as any.

:-)

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