Defence (ship)

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Career (US)
Name: Defence
Laid down: 1779
Out of service: August 12 or 13, 1779
Fate: sunk
General characteristics
Sail plan: Brig
Armament: 16 guns
"Defence Rebel Brig of 16 Guns blown up" (Statement on map.)

Defence was an American Revolutionary War privateer that was part of the Penobscot Expedition. It was commissioned in New Haven, CT in 1776 as a Brig. The ship burned to the waterline and sank. The location of the wreck was discovered in 1972 by the Maine Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The wreck was studied later.[1]

1776 Crew[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Switzer (1975)
  2. ^,5381872&dq=samuel+smedley+revolutionary&hl=en
  3. ^

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Shelli O. (2008), The 1779 shipwreck Defence: an American revolutionary war privateer, Past Foundation Publication, ISBN 978-1-4243-1034-0 

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