USS Augusta (1799)

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History
United States
Name: Augusta
Namesake: Augusta, Georgia
Acquired: 30 June 1799
Commissioned: Late 1799
Fate: Sold 1801
General characteristics
Complement: 100
Armament: 10 x 6-pounders; 4 other guns
For other ships with the same name, see USS Augusta.

USS Augusta was a brig purchased by the US Navy on 30 June 1799 at Norfolk, Virginia and fitted out at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania by Naval Constructor Joshua Humphreys. She was placed in commission for service in the Quasi-War with France sometime late in 1799 with Lieutenant Archibald McElroy in command.

In December, she put to sea in company with a convoy bound for the Caribbean and arrived in the West Indies by early 1800. She began cruising in search of French vessels operating there. On 21 January 1800, the brig and her consort, Herald, encountered and captured the 6-gun privateer schooner La Mutine off Puerto Rico. Later that spring, she cruised the coast of what is now Haiti operating against the French in conjunction with the forces under Toussaint Louverture.

June 1800 was her most active month. On the 3rd, she fell in with two French schooners, La Jeanne and La Victoire, off Jacmel. She captured both vessels and sent them into port to be adjudicated by a prize court. On 24 June, while cruising in company with the frigate Boston, Augusta joined her larger colleague in capturing L'Espoir and sent the prize into Boston, Massachusetts for adjudication by an admiralty court.

Her last captures in the undeclared war with France came on 28 July 1800 near the town of Cayes, Haiti. In cooperation with Toussaint L'Ouverture's schooner General Dessalines, Augusta sent boat crews into the bay to cut out two French brigs, the names of which are unknown. The expedition succeeded, and the two brigs were sent into port. Thereafter, she continued to cruise West Indian waters in search of French vessels, but apparently made no further captures. No date is known for her return to the United States; however, she was laid up at the Gosport Shipyard by mid-March 1801. She was sold later that year, probably sometime between 1 April and 30 June.

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