Continental Navy Ship


The Continental Navy frigate USS ”Deane, named after American commissioner to France Silas Deane, was built at Nantes, France, and brought to the United States in May 1778 to be prepared for sea. She was named Hague” in 1782, and was taken out of commission in 1783.


Under the command of Captain Samuel Nicholson of the Continental Navy, Deane sailed from Boston 14 January 1779 with {USS|Alliance|1778|2} for a cruise in the West Indies. She returned to Philadelphia 17 April with one prize, the armed ship Viper. On 29 July she joined with {USS|Boston|1777|6} and two ships of the Virginia Navy guarding a convoy of merchantmen out to sea and continuing on for a five-week cruise which netted eight prizes, including four privateers, the packet Sandwich, and the sloop-of-war {HMS|Thorn}. The frigates arrived at Boston 6 September with 250 prisoners after one of the most notable cruises of the Continental Navy.

During the winter and early spring of 1781 and again in 1782 Deane cruised with {USS|Confederacy|1778|2} and {USS|Saratoga|1780|2} in the West Indies, capturing four prizes on the second of these cruises. In April 1782 she captured the cutter {HMS|Jackal|1779|6}. After two more cruises in the Caribbean, one in September 1782 and the other in 1783. She was renamed Hague in September 1782 (perhaps because of false accusation against Deane that was current at the time).


Deane was taken out of commission in 1783 at Boston.