For a title blood-match, no less! Tell him no! Is that different from normal? Talyn had left one extremely important detail out of their discussion. Good thing he outweighed her by about ten times over. He glanced to his mother before he answered. We needed a full house.
I handpicked them as my opponents. Felicia felt sick to her stomach. Definitely not with warswords. Are you crazy? Especially now. At least they pay me in the Ring. And I can legally fight back there. Galene shook her head in denial. She made it to her sister who wants you under my command.
The tadara, herself, reduced my rank. You think for one minute that bitch is going to let me into her personal guard and that close to her family members I want to tear the throats out of? Growling, Galene flicked her claws at him. You talked about fighting. She reached to touch him, but he pulled away.
My God, what if something happens to you in one of those fights? He turned on her with his eyes blazing. Sooner or later, death comes for us all. None of us can stop that. Fighting every step of the way into eternity. Wanting to kill him herself, she pulled his head down so that she could press her forehead to his. You are so infuriating! Because right now, what I really want is to take a paddle to your butt like an angry priestess catching your hand in the temple collection bin. As his mother had done, she flicked her nails at him. A tic started in his jaw.
He was far from defenseless. At least against anyone other than Felicia. He grabbed his pillow from the bed. I can take it. Talyn paused as he walked past the jewelry counter in the BX. But in the small case in front of him was a collection of the hugging heart rings that were a popular gift pilots bought for their partners.
A larger silver heart was wound around a smaller gold one as if hugging or protecting it. One in particular was made of pale pink gold and encrusted with diamonds. For some reason, he thought Felicia might like it. It just looked soft and warm. She smiled brightly. The Remember Me ring.
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She reached into the case to pull out the display. Talyn smiled at the thought as he reached for the one that had caught his attention. Up close, it appeared rather large. Felicia had tiny, graceful hands. She gasped the moment her gaze fell to the black card that was bisected diagonally with a burgundy stripe. She recoiled from his badge as if it was poisonous. She gestured toward his card. She quickly snapped her lips together.
Feeling slapped and humiliated, Talyn watched as she quickly sidled over to another counter to help a giddy male and female who were there to pick out pledge rings. As he walked away, anger scalded every molecule of his being. Since they were color coded, all anyone had to do was see that his was black and they instantly knew his caste.
Now that same damn card kept him from buying Felicia a simple gift. He just glared at the older male. He cut his path off again and gave him a fatherly smile. If your lady lives here in Eris, I could get it to her tonight. A lot of pilots send these to their mothers and wives, instead of the rings. Talyn wanted to throw it on the ground and stomp it.
He returned the box to the clerk. Her condo is in Brooksyn, North Eris. Talyn nodded before he went to pay for it. But still the burn was in his blood. A simmering heat that only increased once he returned to his barracks and saw that someone had placed a collar and leash on his locker with a black card attached to it. Ha, ha. Real fucking funny. Even so, he knew better than to feed into their juvenile shit.
Biting back a nasty retort, Talyn returned to his bunk to wait while he listened to the others talking about their future plans. With nothing else to do, he pulled out his link and started running stats on his next Ring opponent. Talyn glanced over at the major who was a year older than him. Fidgeting, Pinara kept shining his brass, and looking around as if waiting for something bad to happen. Yeah, he was lying his ass off. But like everyone else here, Talyn knew what that word meant. Without a word, Talyn returned his attention to his link.
As he was logging on, five Provost came in and surrounded Pinara. Silence echoed in the barracks as everyone tried to hide how disturbed they were over something that was far more routine than it should be. It could have been any of them, and they knew it. Normally, it was Talyn who was singled out for trumped-up, bullshit infractions and punishment. Talyn scowled at the hushed exchange between two of his bunkmates.
WAR was an anti-government organization that had sprung up against the Andarion queen and her family. And anyone found with WAR paraphernalia or with any ties to their group was summarily seized and executed. Without trial. Talyn started to remind him that he was already seventeen hours over his patrol quota for the week, but then the OOD would know that even better than Talyn did.
As soon as he was changed, Talyn left the barracks and headed for the hangar to do preflight. When he neared his fighter, Xu cornered him. He wanted to punch the bastard so badly that it was all he could do to refrain. Think of Felicia. He finally had a reason now to stay out of the brig and off reports. Not one of them was worth the additional patrol time. And that was a precious female who finally made him feel like something more than the dirt underneath their feet.
Seldom do they make it onto our ships. It was Mongrel-Ass until I got fed up with the giant, arrogant bastard who gave it to me. He was mocking me as usual and then made the mistake of speaking ill about my mother. I froze mid step and, without warning, took him down with one punch. Hence the name. When I go stock still, you need to run. She fed him more ice. I think I need to do a psych eval on you about that.
Grinning at her playful teasing, he glanced away. Until he did recall something. Most of all, she wanted to find this female and make sure she understood in no uncertain terms that Talyn had someone in his life.
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With a jerk of her chin, she indicated the bouquets of flowers and balloons that lined the shelf in front of his window. She must really like you. Talyn rubbed his head as he struggled to remember. She usually growls out an insult if I so much as glance in her general direction. Or something slammed into me. Talyn explained for her. His mother crossed her arms over her chest. They were pretty sure and clear that you were hit by friendly fire.
He shook his head, again. He had no idea why that bastard had such a hard-on for him. But he did. And there was nothing his mother could do. So he said nothing. All the truth would do was upset her. Especially when it involved him and his well-being.
Then her guilt kicked in and Talyn hated seeing that in her eyes. His life would have been infinitely worse had she given him up. While Orphans with no paternal or maternal lineages were technically above his Caste in their rigid society, they were completely ineligible for the military. His role would have been that of an opinionless servant, forced into the most menial of jobs. He reached for Felicia and took her hand, too.
Snorting, Talyn glanced to the door to see Erix joining them. You cry over a hangnail. With his arms crossed over his chest, Erix moved to stand at the foot of the bed so that he could scowl at Talyn. Erix scoffed. You focus on getting better. Talyn nodded.
But as he listened to his mother and Erix talk, his memory began to slowly fill in details of his mission. Anatole was seriously abusing his power and Talyn had challenged him. Apparently, this was how the royal prick answered a legitimate invitation. Fine, bitch. Alone in his room, Talyn sneered at the news report that covered their battle against The Tavali.
Ship Jason , mounting 20 guns and carrying men, headed the list of seven prizes that day, including also ship Meriah — carrying 10 six pounders and richly laden with provisions and cavalry equipment — brigs Patriot , Prince Ferdinand , John , and Batchelor , and finally schooner Chance. Hopkins ordered his ships home with their prizes, and Queen of France reached Boston with Maria , Hibernia , and three brigs on the 20th. Olney in command of the frigate. She sailed June 18 with Providence and Ranger. Three of the prizes were later recaptured, but the eight which reached Boston with the squadron late in August were sold for over a million dollars.
They took gun privateer Dolphin on 5 December before arriving Charleston, on the 23rd. Queen of France was sunk at Charleston to avoid falling into British hands when that city surrendered May 11, Raleigh , a gun frigate, was authorized by Continental Congress on December 13, Built by Messrs. She was launched on May 21, With a full-length figure of Sir Walter Raleigh as figurehead, Raleigh put to sea under Captain Thomas Thompson, who also supervised her construction, on August 12, Shortly thereafter, she joined Alfred and sailed for France. Three days out, they captured a schooner carrying counterfeit Massachusetts money.
Burning the schooner and her cargo, except for samples, the frigates continued their transatlantic passage. On September 2, they captured the British brig, Nancy , and from her they obtained the signals of the convoy which the brig had been escorting from the rear. Giving chase, the Americans closed with the convoy on September 4, Raleigh , making use of the captured signals, intercepted the convoy and engaged HMS Druid. In the ensuing battle she damaged Druid, but the approach of the remaining British escorts forced her to retire.
On December 29, , Raleigh and Alfred , having taken on military stores, set sail from L'Orient, France, following a course that took them along the coast of Africa. Raleigh , unable to reach Alfred in time to assist her, continued north and returned to New England early in April Accused of cowardice and dereliction of duty for not aiding Alfred , Captain Thompson was suspended soon after reaching port.
Barry arrived in Boston to assume command on June 24 only to find his ship without crew or stores and the Navy Board not wholly in support of the manner of his appointment. His reputation and character, however neutralized the ill-will of the Marine Committee, drew enlistments, and helped to obtain the stores.
Six hours later, two strange sails were sighted. After identification of the ships as British the merchant vessels were ordered back to port. Raleigh drew off the enemy. In late afternoon on the 27th, the leading British ship closed with her. A 7-hour running battle followed, much of the time in close action. About midnight, the enemy hauled off and Barry prepared to conceal his ship among the islands of Penobscot Bay.
The enemy, however, again pressed the battle. As Raleigh opened fire, Barry ordered a course toward the land. Raleigh soon grounded on Wooden Ball Island, part of Matinicus. The British hauled off but continued the fight for a while, then anchored. Barry ordered the crew ashore to continue the fight and to burn Raleigh. A large party, including Barry, made it to shore. One boat was ordered back to Raleigh to take off the remainder of the crew, and destroy her, however the British again fired on the ship, striking the Continental colors. The battle was over.
All three ships had been damaged, Unicorn particularly so. Of the Americans ashore, a few were captured on the island, but the remainder, including Barry, made it back to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving on October 7. Construction of the first Randolph was authorized by the Continental Congress on December 13, Captain Nicholas Biddle was appointed commander of the Randolph on July 11, and he took charge of the frigate in mid-October.
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Twice, after her repairs had been completed and as she was about to get underway, the frigate was kept in port by lightning-splintered mainmasts. Meanwhile, the ship, undermanned when she left Philadelphia, was losing more of her men from sickness, death, and desertion. Recruiting was stimulated by bounty, and Randolph was finally readied for sea - this time with her masts protected by lightning rods. She departed Charleston on August 16 and entered Rebellion Road to await favorable winds to put to sea. Two days later, a party from the frigate boarded merchantman Fair American , and impressed two seamen who earlier had been lured away from Biddle's ship.
Inshore winds kept Randolph in the roadstead until the breeze shifted on September 1, wafting the frigate across Charleston Bar. At dusk, on the 3rd, a lookout spotted five vessels: two ships, two brigs, and a sloop. Randolph and her rich prizes reached Charleston on the morning of 6 September. While the frigate was in port having her hull scraped, the president of South Carolina's General Assembly, John Rutledge, suggested to Biddle that Randolph , aided by a number of State Navy ships, might be able to break the blockade which was then bottling up a goodly number of American merchantmen in Charleston Harbor.
The American ships sailed on February 14, When they crossed the bar, Biddle's ships found no British cruisers. After seeing a number of merchantmen to a good offing, the ships proceeded to the West Indies hoping to intercept British merchantmen. After two days, they took and burned a dismasted New England ship which had been captured by a British privateer while headed for St.
Augustine, Florida. Thereafter, game was scarce. They encountered only neutral ships until Polly took a small schooner on March 4bound from New York to Grenada. Biddle manned the prize as a tender. On the afternoon of March 7, Randolph's lookouts spotted sail on the horizon.
At PM, that ship, now flying British colors, came up on the Randolph as the largest ship in the convoy, and demanded they hoist their colors. The Randolph then hoisted American colors and fired a broadside into the British ship, mistakenly believing the ship to be a large sloop. As a gun, two-deck line-of-battle ship, Yarmouth had double the number of guns as Randolph. Yarmouth's guns were also significantly heavier, mounting 32 pound cannons on her main deck, 18 pounder guns on her upper deck and 9 pounder guns on her quarterdeck and forecastle, giving her almost five times the weight of shot that Randolph could fire.
The Randolph and General Moultrie engaged Yarmouth until the Randolph's magazine exploded with a blinding flash. The Yarmouth was struck with burning debris up to six feet long, which significantly damaged her sails and rigging as well as killing five, and wounding twelve. The damage caused to Yarmouth's sails and rigging prevented her from pursuing the remaining South Carolina ships which slipped away in the darkness. The first USS Ranger was a sloop-of-war in the Continental Navy in active service in —; she received the second salute to an American fighting vessel by a foreign power.
She was decommissioned in After fitting out, she sailed for France on November 1, , carrying dispatches telling of General Burgoyne's surrender to the commissioners in Paris. On the voyage over, two British prizes were captured. Ranger arrived at Nantes, France, December 2, where Jones sold the prizes and delivered the news of the victory at Saratoga to Benjamin Franklin. On April 17, she took another prize and sent her back to France.
Captain Jones led a daring raid on the British port of Whitehaven, April 23, spiking the guns of the fortress, and burning the ships in the harbor. Sailing across the bay to St. Mary's Isle, Scotland, the American captain planned to seize the Earl of Selkirk and hold him as a hostage to obtain better treatment for American prisoners of war.
However, since the Earl was absent, the plan failed. Drake came out slowly against the wind and tide, and, after an hour's battle, the battered Drake struck her colors, with three Americans and five British killed in the combat. Having made temporary repairs, and with a prize crew on Drake , Ranger continued around the west coast of Ireland, capturing a stores ship, and arrived at Brest with her prizes on 8 May.
Seven prizes were captured early in April, and brought safely into port for sale. Of the 11 prizes, three were recaptured, but the remaining eight, with their cargoes, were worth over a million dollars when sold in Boston. Underway on November 23, Ranger was ordered to Commodore Whipple's squadron, arriving at Charleston on December 23, to support the garrison there under siege by the British. On 24 January , Ranger and Providence , in a short cruise down the coast, captured three transports, loaded with supplies, near Tybee, Georgia.
The British assault force was also discovered in the area. Ranger and Providence sailed back to Charleston with the news. Shortly afterwards, the British commenced the final push. Although the channel and harbor configuration made naval operations and support difficult, Ranger took a station in the Cooper River, and was captured when the city fell on May 11, USS Reprisal , 18, was the first ship of what was to become the United States Navy to be given the name promising hostile action in response to an offense.
Originally the merchantman brig Molly , she was purchased from Robert Morris by the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress on March 28, , renamed Reprisal , and placed under the command of Captain Lambert Wickes. Reprisal dropped down the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, some time during the latter part of June. Before the Continental armed brig Nancy, six guns, slipped out to the Atlantic, six British men-of-war had sighted and chased her as she was returning from St.
Croix and St. Thomas with barrels of gunpowder for the Army. In order to save her, her captain ran her ashore. Before quitting Nancy , they laid a train of gunpowder which, when Nancy was boarded, blew up killing many British sailors. In the engagement, Wickes' third lieutenant, his brother, Richard Wickes, lost his life. Reprisal cleared the Delaware Capes on July 3. During that month, Captain Wickes captured a number of vessels in the West Indies, and, on July 27, had a sharp encounter with HMS Shark off Martinique, beating her off and escaping into port.
En route to France, Reprisal captured two brigs, reaching Nantes on November Reprisal was the first vessel of the Continental Navy to arrive in European waters. She set sail again about the middle of January , cruising along the coast of Spain, in the Bay of Biscay and in the mouth of the English Channel. On February 5, Reprisal captured the Lisbon packet, two days out of Falmouth, after a hard fight of 40 minutes, in which two officers of Reprisal were seriously wounded and one man killed. Five other prizes were captured on this cruise, which ended on February After taking his prizes into Port Louis, Wickes sailed for L'Orient, but was ordered to leave in 24 hours by the French authorities, who had been stirred to action by the bitter remonstrances of the British Government.
Wickes, however, claimed Reprisal had sprung a leak and should be careened for repairs. He received permission to make his repairs and by excuses was able several times to defeat the intentions of those in charge of the port while he made ready for another cruise. In April , Reprisal was joined by the Continental vessels Lexington 16 guns , and Dolphin 10 guns , these three vessels constituting a squadron under the command of Wickes.
The American Commissioners in Paris now planned to send the squadron on a cruise along the shores of the British Isles. On June 19, they took their first prizes—two brigs and two sloops. During the following week, they cruised in the Irish Sea and made 14 additional captures, comprising two ships, seven brigs and five other vessels.
Of these 18 prizes, eight were sent into port, three were released, and seven sunk, three of them within sight of the enemy's ports. About October 1, Reprisal was lost off the banks of Newfoundland and all on board, except the cook, went down with her. Two days later, when Connecticut lost a mast during a storm, Revenge towed the damaged gundalow out of danger of grounding. In the weeks that followed, the ships maneuvered on the lake enabling the green crews, for the most part made up of landsmen, to learn the ways of the sea. Meanwhile, the British were building a fleet farther north, and were preparing to challenge Arnold for control of the lake.
Success of this British strategy would cut the American colonies in two, beginning a dismemberment process by which the "redcoats" could defeat the "rebels" in detail and restore Royal authority in North America.
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The two forces met on October 11 in the Battle of Valcour Island, fought in the strait between Valcour Island and the lake's western shore where Arnold had stationed his ships. In the action, the outgunned Americans suffered a tactical defeat, but won a great strategic victory by delaying the British advance for a year - a year in which the Americans strengthened their Army enough to capture General Burgoyne's expeditionary force at Saratoga.
After the battle of Valcour Island, Revenge and the other remaining American ships retired farther up the lake. Only Revenge , another schooner, two galleys, and a sloop reached the protection of Fort Ticonderoga. She remained on the upper lake until she was taken early in July when a British force under General Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga. However, some sources indicate that the schooner may have been burned and sunk to prevent capture. Lexington escorted her prize to Philadelphia where Edward was libeled on April 13, condemned on April 29, and purchased by the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress on May 2.
Renamed USS Sachem , the sloop was fitted out under the direction of year-old Joshua Barney who received his commission as a lieutenant while the ship was being prepared for sea. Shortly before Sachem was ready for action, Captain Isaiah Robinson assumed command of the sloop. On July 6, Sachem , carrying dispatches for Barry who was patrolling the mouth of the bay, dropped down the Delaware. The orders directed Barry to put to sea in Lexington. Since Barry declined the suggestion that the two ships cruise together, they parted after clearing the capes.
On August 12, Sachem fought brigantine, Three Friends , for over two hours before the British letter of marque surrendered. Robinson sent the prize to Philadelphia for adjudication and, since Sachem had suffered substantial damage in the battle, she followed Three Friends into port for repairs. After Sachem was back in fighting trim, she was placed under the direction of the Secret Committee which handled procurement matters for the Continental Congress.
Few details of her subsequent operations have survived. It is known that she sailed for the West Indies on March 29, carrying dispatches for William Bingham, the Continental agent in Martinique. These letters were duplicates of earlier messages which had gone astray when the frigate Randolph was diverted to Charleston, South Carolina for repairs after losing two masts. It is said that Sachem was burned in the Delaware River the following autumn to avoid capture by the British, but evidence to substantiate this claim is scant. She was the first ship to honor the historic Battle of Saratoga.
Saratoga was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Warton and Humphries. She was begun in December and launched on April 10, On the afternoon of September 9, a lookout spotted a sail to the northwest.
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By then, Captain John Young had managed to get Saratoga into fighting shape. He headed his ship toward the unknown sail and set out in pursuit. By twilight, he was close enough to see that his quarry was a brig flying British colors. Some two hours later, Saratoga had closed within hailing distance and learned that the chase was the Royal Navy's brig, HMS Keppel , and not about to surrender.
Saratoga opened fire with a broadside and was quickly answered by the Keppel , opening an inconclusive, three-hour battle. During the action, due to gale force seas, coinciding with her insufficient ballast, the Saratoga's guns were unable to inflict any serious damage to the Keppel. The merchantman surrendered without resisting, and the two ships proceeded into the Delaware. They anchored off Chester, Pennsylvania, the following afternoon where the Sarah was promptly condemned and sold, along with her cargo, which brought the continental treasury funds desperately needed to refit the frigate, Confederacy , for sea.
The Saratoga spent three days at Chester, where she replenished her stores and took on additional iron for ballast before heading back down the Delaware toward the open sea and another cruise.
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On September 25, off the Jersey highlands, she came upon the Elizabeth , which had been taken in Chesapeake Bay several weeks before by British privateer, Restoration. The Saratoga captured the ton American brig, and Captain Young sent the brig to Philadelphia under a prize crew. On October 11, she spotted two sails far off her port bow.
The Saratoga was due east of Cape Henry when she began the chase. As she closed the distance between herself and her quarry, Captain Young ordered his helmsman to head for the open water between the enemy ships which proved to be the large, gun letter of marquee ship, Charming Molly , and a small schooner, the Two Brothers. When the Saratoga was between the two English vessels, Captain Young ordered the Charming Molly to surrender, but she refused to do so.
After the Saratoga had fired a broadside into the Charming Molly, a boarding party, led by Lt. Joshua Barney, leapt to the merchantman's deck and opened a fierce hand-to-hand fight which soon compelled the British captain to lower his colors. An American prize crew under Lieutenant Barney promptly took the place of Charming Molly 's British skipper, officers, and tars. Captain Young then set out after the fleeing sloop the Two Brothers which, when overtaken, surrendered without resistance. The second prize, Two Brothers , promptly headed for the Delaware for libeling in Admiralty court in Philadelphia.
From the prisoners captured on the Charming Molly , Captain Young learned that she and the Two Brothers had been part of a small merchant fleet which had sailed from Jamaica and had been scattered by the recent storm. As soon as his crew had finished temporary repairs to Charming Molly 's battle-damaged hull, the Saratoga began to search for the remaining merchant fleet, a ship and two brigs. About mid-day on 11 October, a lookout saw three sails slowly rise above the horizon dead ahead, and another chase began. As the Saratoga approached the strangers, Captain Young ordered his helmsman to head between the ships.
As she passed between the enemy vessels, she fired both broadsides, her port guns fired at the Elizabeth , and her starboard muzzles belched fire and iron at the brig Nancy. The enemy's shots passed above the Saratoga , causing only minor damage to her rigging while the first American salvo knocked the Nancy out of action and did substantial damage to the Elizabeth , which surrendered after taking another volley. Meanwhile, the other brig raced away; and Captain Young, being busy with his two new prizes, allowed her to escape free of pursuit.
At dawn, near Cape Henlopen, a sailor aloft reported seeing two unknown sails, one dead ahead and the other several miles off her port quarter. The first was later identified as American brig, Providence which was at that time a British prize heading for New York. Despite the proximity of the British man-of-war, Captain Young set out after the Providence and recaptured her after about an hour's chase. Captain Young quickly put a prize crew on board the Providence and then the Saratoga got underway for the Delaware.
On the morning of October 20, favorable weather enabled the Saratoga to put to sea escorting her 12 charges. The next afternoon, after one of the merchantmen signaled that an unknown sail had appeared, Saratoga set out to investigate. Within two hours, after seeing the British ensign flying from her mast, the Saratoga had reached within firing range and sent a warning 4-pounder shot across the stranger's bow.
Instead of surrendering, the British privateer, Resolution , maneuvered to attack. The ships fired at the same instant, Resolution's gunners fired high and only did superficial damage to the Saratoga. The Saratoga 's broadside damaged the Resolution 's hull and superstructure and forced her to surrender. On the morning of January 9, , off the coast of then England's loyal province of East Florida, the Saratoga captured a gun letter of marquee the Tonyn in a fierce battle.
On March 18, a lookout high over the Saratoga 's deck reported two sails far off to westward, the Saratoga left the convoy in pursuit of the strangers. About mid-afternoon, she caught up with one of the fleeing ships which surrendered without a fight. Captain Young placed an American crew on board the prize and got underway after the second ship.
Midshipman Penfield, commander of the prize crew, later reported that as he was supervising his men's efforts to follow the Saratoga , the wind suddenly rose to fearful velocity and almost capsized his ship. When he had managed to get the snow-rigged merchantman back under control, he looked up and was horrified to learn that the Saratoga had vanished. After numerous successful victories and prizes, Saratoga disappeared, lost at sea. The Saratoga 's fate remains a mystery. Surprise , the first American naval ship of the name, was a sloop that the Continental Navy purchased in Her crew destroyed Surprise on December 15, to prevent the Royal Navy from recapturing her.
The latter vessel had been bought at Folkestone, and, with glaring disregard of French neutrality, had been equipped at Dunkirk. On the Surprise 's return to Dunkirk, the prize was seized and restored to Britain, though it was believed at the time, not without some reason, that the British Government, anxious to avoid a dispute with France, had purchased from Conyngham his capture. Surprise was stationed in the Delaware River through the spring and summer of After Vice Admiral Lord Howe brought his British fleet into the river in September , Surprise was part of the forces charged with defending Philadelphia.
With the evacuation of Fort Mercer on 20 November, Captain Isaiah Robinson of Andrew Doria gave orders the next day for the crews to burn their ships to prevent their capture. This was done shortly thereafter. The second Trumbull was a three-masted, wooden-hulled sailing frigate and was one of the first of 13 frigates authorized by the Continental Congress on of December 13, They were superior in design and construction to the same class of European vessels in their day. Nicholson did not receive his cruising orders until the following spring.
Late in May , Trumbull sailed for her first foray into the Atlantic. Action was not long in coming. At AM on June 1, , Trumbull 's masthead lookout sighted a sail to windward. In order to remain undetected for as long as possible, the frigate furled her sails until Then, upon ascertaining the strange ship's size, Trumbull then made sail and tacked towards, what soon proved to be the British letter-of-marque Watt , of 32 guns. During the battle, Nicholson's crew lost eight killed and 31 wounded; Watt suffered 13 killed and 79 wounded. Both badly battered, Trumbull and Watt separated and retired.
On 8 August , Trumbull — the last remaining frigate of the original 13 authorized by Congress in — eventually departed from the Delaware capes in company with a gun privateer and a gun letter-of-marque. Under their protection was a ship merchant convoy.
On August 28, , lookouts on the American ships spotted three sails to the eastward; two tacking to give chase to the convoy. At nightfall, a rain squall struck with terrific force and carried away Trumbull 's fore-topmast and her main topgallant mast. Forced to run before the wind, the frigate separated from the convoy and their escorts, and soon found herself engaged with the frigate HMS Iris the former Continental frigate Hancock , and the gun ship HMS General Monk the former Continental privateer General Washington.
Even with the "utmost exertion," the wrecked masts and sails could not be cleared away. Knowing he could not run, Nicholson decided to fight. Trapped, Trumbull beat to quarters, but three-quarters of the crew failed to respond, and instead fled below. Undaunted, Nicholson bravely gathered the remainder.
For one hour and 35 minutes, Trumbull and Iris remained engaged; General Monk soon closed and entered the contest as well. Eleven Americans were wounded and five killed during the engagement before Trumbull surrendered. Iris reported that she had lost one man killed and six wounded, while Trumbull had two men killed and 10 wounded.
Trumbull , by this point almost a wreck, was taken under tow by the victorious Iris to New York. However, because of her severe damage, the British did not take the frigate into the Royal Navy;.