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Date Posted: 19:20:53 09/21/16 Wed
Author: Bob Legge
Subject: Re: Frigate CRESCENT
In reply to: Carl Brechler 's message, "Re: Frigate CRESCENT" on 13:07:10 09/16/16 Fri

Paul Silverstone; The Sailing Navy 1775-1854, page 30
Algerian Tribute Ships
Four vessels were built by the U.S. in 1797 as tribute for the Dey of Algiers:
Frigate Crescent, 32, designed by Josiah Fox, and launched 29 Jun 1797 by Josiah Hackett at Portsmouth, N.H. Dimensions 122’ (deck) x 32’ x depth of hull 10’2”
Brig Hassan Bashaw, 22, built 1797 by Samuel Humphreys at Philadelphia. Dimensions 93’2” (bp) x 27’ x 11’ 6”. Tonnage 287 tons.
Schooner Skjoldebrand, 20, designed by Benjamin Hutton, jr., and built at Philadelphia. Dimensions: 77’6” (bp) x 23’ x 10’6”.
Schooner Lelah Eisha, 18, designed by Samuel Bowers.


>I was looking for this a (quite a) while back, I was
>curious how much the AWI Continental frigates carried
>over to the Federal frigates. Never did locate the
>plans for sure. Everything that I found indicates she
>was a typical "British" 28 gun frigate in size and
>armament. Probably makes sense considering who the
>designer was.
>The Fox Papers appear to be at the Peabody Museum in
>Salem (Massachusetts), though the museum lists the
>papers as 1807 to 1987. Chapelle does write that he
>examined the plans at the Peabody. 1807 is when he
>left Federal employment.
>The Crescent was designed by Fox and was constructed
>by the Hackett cousins. James Hackett's papers also
>appear to be at the Peabody. I haven’t yet been able
>to find where William Hackett's papers wound up (or if
>they even exist). William was the designer of the
>two, but the description of James papers does mention
>ship dimensions and offsets.
>Further information on the Crescent may be found in
>the Documents of the Barbary Wars set of books, though
>no plans. PDF versions of the series may be found at
>the American Naval Records Society, located at:
>A while back, there was a discussion of North African
>navies, and pothkin posted the following:
>> Date Posted: 09:56:30 08/03/07 Fri
>> Author: pothkan
>> Subject: Algerine frigates
>> 2) 38-gun, of American origin (called "el Merikane"
>= American), in service 1792-1794
>> 3) 36-gun, given by USA as part of tribute: built
>in Portsmouth by Josiah Fox, launched 29.06.1797,
>37.2×9.8×3.6 m (so tonnage probably c. 500-600 t).
>Called "Crescent" in American sources (may be for
>Arabic "Hilal"), also "el Merikane" (2nd). Masters: El
>Hadj Yacoub, El Hadj Slimane and Raïs Mohammed Ou Ali.
>In service till 1805.
>> 4) Two 36-gun frigates of unknown origin, in
>service 1798-1800 and 1802-1803. Could be the same,
>being 1800-1802 e.g. in reserve?
>So, may not have been in service beyond 1805, at least
>not with Algiers. Quite possible she was built with
>less than optimally seasoned timbers.
>Sorry, this is all I have.

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