H.M. Armed Ship Vigilant, 1777-1780

By David Syrett , published February 1978


During the American Revolutionary War H.M. Armed Ship Vigilant made her way up the Delaware River to slip into the inside channel at Mud Island, from where her unexpected broadsides played a crucial role in the bombardment that expelled the Americans from Fort Mifflin. David Syrett traces Vigilant’s progress, from when as a collier she was purchased into the navy and cut about to take the heavy weaponry, to when she was condemned after slowly tearing herself apart over three years of hard service. A fascinating biography of one of thousands of similar ships.

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Navies | Weapons

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