HMS Galatea (1776)
|Ordered:||15 April and 1 December 1773|
|Laid down:||October 1774|
|Launched:||21 March 1776|
|Completed:||By 26 May 1776|
|Fate:||Broken up in April 1783|
|Type:||Sphinx-class sixth-rate post-ship|
|Tons burthen:||429 23/94 bm|
|Beam:||30 ft (9.1 m)|
|Sail plan:||Full-rigged ship|
|Armament:||20 × 9-pounder guns|
In 1776, the ship was sent to North America under the command of Captain Thomas Jordan with a crew of 200. She took part in the capture of 30 American ships. An American naval squadron led by Samuel Elbert attacked the ship near St. Simons Island in what became known as the Frederica naval action. Although the Americans captured her other three escort ships, Galatea's crew ran her aground and managed to escape without being captured.
The American privateer Gustavus Conyngham was captured and held aboard the Galatea. By his own report he was kept in irons until he reached prison, and was given no more than a “cold plank as my bed, a stone for a pillow”. Additionally, he was not fed properly, causing him to lose fifty pounds while imprisoned on the ship en route to his English prison.
She was broken up in April 1783.
- Clark, William Bell; Morgan, William James; Crawford, Michael J. (1964). Naval documents of the American Revolution, Volume 7. Naval History Division, Dept. of the Nav.