The Lucky Sloop of the Revolution

July 18, 2008

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The Providence was the first ship of the Rhode Island Navy during the American Revolution. The sloop was first named Katy and was built in Providence, Rhode Island. When she became part of the fleet of the Continental Navy, her name was changed to Providence.

She was the first command of John Paul Jones in the American Navy, and she became nicknamed “The Lucky Sloop” for the more than forty battles that she won. In 1779, Providence was scuttled by her own crew to prevent the British from taking her. Her remains now lay at the bottom of the Penobscot River, near Bucksport, Maine. This 126 foot replica was built in 1976, in honor of America’s Bicentennial.

History of the Sloop Providence

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