USS Patapsco (1799)

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Name: Patapsco
Namesake: Patapsco River
Launched: 20 June 1799
Fate: Sold June 1801
General characteristics
Displacement: 380 tons
Length: 87 ft (27 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Complement: 180
Armament: 20 guns

The first USS Patapsco was a sloop in the United States Navy.

Patapsco was launched as Chesapeake 20 June 1799 by Captain De Rochbruns, and renamed Patapsco between 10 October and 14 November apparently to free the name for Chesapeake. Commanded by Captain Henry Geddes, she escorted brig Acteon to New Orleans, carrying General James Wilkinson and his staff to that port. She then cruised in the West Indies, protecting American shipping from French cruisers and privateers during the Quasi-War with France. Operating in Commodore Silas Talbot’s squadron, she captured schooner Cecilia after a five-hour chase 28 May 1800. On 7 August she captured French letter of marque Dorade. In the autumn she also engaged Louisa Bridge but the schooner escaped.

She aided Merrimack and a British frigate in capturing Curacao after the French had taken it from the Netherlands, before returning to Philadelphia in December. She was sold there in June 1801.