Whipple’s War, at Home and Abroad, 1775–1778

Sheldon S. Cohen

in Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034331
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038322 | DOI:
Whipple’s War, at Home and Abroad, 1775–1778

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Abraham Whipple commanded the Rhode Island Navy, particularly the warships the Katy and the Washington. To their enemies, these ships were perceived as an unlikely force in their cruise that began in mid-August 1775 since the British warships were much larger and more heavily armed. The officers and the crewmen of higher rank had more experience in terms of procedures for naval combat, and some of the loyalists found in Newport were able to provide the British commanders information regarding the whereabouts and the activities of the rebels, as well as important supplies. Captain James Wallace, R.N., was mindful of how the sailing of the two ships were cut short because Captain Whipple fell ill and both ships had to return to Providence. Wallace nonetheless concluded that he was now able to control Narragansett Bay.

Keywords: Rhode Island Navy; Providence; Katy; Washington; Captain Wallace; naval combat; Narragansett Bay

Chapter.  18739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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