USS New Haven (1776)

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Name: USS New Haven
Laid down: 1776
Fate: Run aground and burned at Ferris' Bay, 13 October 1776
General characteristics
Type: Gundalow
Complement: 45
Armament: • 1 × 12-pounder gun
• 2 × 9-pounder guns
• 8 × swivels
Service record
Commanders: Capt. Giles Mansfield
Operations: Battle of Valcour Island

The first USS New Haven was a gundalow built in 1776 on Lake Champlain, Capt. Mansfield in command, under General Benedict Arnold, who was a native of the ship's namesake city. New Haven took part in the engagement with the British Squadron at the Battle of Valcour Island on 11 and 12 October 1776. The New Haven was among those vessels deliberately grounded and burned preceding the American retreat overland to Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.