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Concord

 

A town in Massachusetts, scene of the first conflict between the Americans and British troops in the American Revolution, on 19 April 1775.

 

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(Sip: t. 700; l. 127'; b. 33'9"; dr. 16'6"; cpl. 190; a. 18 32 pd car., 2 32 pdr.)

 

The first Concord, a sloop-of-war, was launched 24 September 1828 by Portsmouth Navy Yard; and commissioned 7 May 1830, Master Commandant M. C. Perry in command.

 

Concord cruised in the Mediterranean from 1830 to 1832, and in the West Indies from 1836 to 1837 and in 1838. During 1841 and 1842, she served on the Brazil Station. She was ordered on 28 June 1842 to proceed to the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, thence to Madagascar and the east coast of Africa for the protection of American whaling interests. She ran aground on a sand bar on 2 October 1842 at the mouth of the Loango River in the Mozambique Channel. Her crew made determined efforts to save her, but when her captain, Commander Boerum, was drowned while crossing the bar, Lieutenant J. M. Gardner who succeeded to command, made the decision to leave the ship in the river, and chartered the Portuguese brig Union to take the men to Rio de Janeiro.