USS Lady Washington (1776)
|Name:||USS Lady Washington|
|Out of service:||1778|
|Homeport:||New York City|
|Part of:||Continental Navy|
Lady Washington was a row galley in the Continental Navy, named in honor of Martha Washington. It was the first U.S. military ship to be named in honor of a woman (and of a future First Lady) and the first named for a person while the person was still alive (see also List of U.S. military vessels named after living Americans).
Lady Washington was built in New York City in the spring of 1776 at the behest of General George Washington after he transferred his forces from Boston to New York. Constructed with New York funds for the defense of the Hudson River, the galley remained active under Washington through June 1777. During the next year the New York fleet captured about a dozen prizes before the permanent British occupation of the city caused the State to abandon naval activities.
- Lady Washington, an 18th-century merchant sloop and its 1989 namesake replica.
- USS Martha Washington (ID-3019), transport ship that served during World War I.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- Marine Captain of the Lady Washington: Capt Abraham Godwin (1724 - 1777) at Find a Grave
- History of Paterson and Its Environs by William Nelson and Charles A. Shriner, NY & Chicago; Lewis Historical Publishing co. 1920 Volume II, p, 65-68.