James Madison Papers

Report of Board of Admiralty, [12 April] 1780

Report of Board of Admiralty

MS (NA: PCC, No. 37, fol. 223).

[12 April 1780]

The Board of Admiralty beg leave to represent to Congress that the Continental ship Saratoga has been lately launched at this place, and may be speedily fitted for Sea, if the board had Money for that purpose. As the Saratoga in all probability will be a very fast Sailing Vessel, and considerable advantages may arise to the public from her being Speedily fitted out—the Board would therefore recommend.

That the balance of Money in their hands arising from the Sale of Wines Sold under their direction be applyed in fitting with despatch the Ship Saratoga.1


1The eighteen-gun sloop of war “Saratoga” was ordered to sea on 11 August under the command of Captain John Young. About seven months later, sailing north from the West Indies, she failed to reach her destination and her fate remains unknown (Charles O. Paullin, ed., Out-Letters of Board of Admiralty, II, 238–39, 245–46, 269–71; Gardner W. Allen, A Naval History of the American Revolution, II, 507, 556).

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