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Despatch

 

As a verb, to send off or away, to dispose of speedily, to execute quickly. As a noun, a message sent with speed.

 

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(Sch: t. 50; cpl. 15; a. 2 guns)

 

The first Despatch, a schooner, was purchased by the Navy Department in 1814. She was used primarily as a survey ship in waters along the Atlantic coast until sold in 1820.