List of sailing frigates of the United States Navy
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The sailing frigates of the United States built from 1797 on were unique in that their hulls were made of American live oak, a particularly hardy genus that made very resilient hulls; as a result of this, the ships were known to withstand damage that would have scuppered frigates of other nations. American frigates were also very heavily armed; the USN's 44s were actually armed with approximately 54 to 60 guns.
|Name||Class||Dates of Service||Fate|
|Alliance ||Alliance-class ||1778 – 1785||abandoned near Philadelphia|
|Bonhomme Richard ||Massiac-class ||1779 – 1779 ||sank after taking Serapis |
|Boston ||Boston-class ||1777 – 1780 ||captured by the British |
|Confederacy||1778 – 1781||captured by the British|
|Congress (II)||1776 – 1777||never completed|
|Deane||1778 – 1783|
|Delaware||1776 – 1777||captured by the British|
|Hancock ||Hancock-class ||1776 – 1777 ||captured by the British|
|Montgomery||1776 – 1777||destroyed to prevent capture, Hudson River|
|Providence||1776 – 1780||captured by the British, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Raleigh||1776 – 1778||captured by the British, Matinicus Isle, Maine|
|Randolph ||Randolph-class||1776 – 1778 ||exploded in battle|
|Serapis ||Roebuck-class||1779 – ? ||transferred to the French|
|Virginia||1776 – 1778||captured by the British|
|Warren ||Randolph-class ||1776 – 1779 ||destroyed to prevent capture, Penobscot Expedition |
|Washington||1776 – 1777||destroyed to prevent capture, Philadelphia|
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