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West Florida

 

In September 1779, West Florida—a British sloop— was taken as a prize in "a very severe conflict" with the Continental armed schooner Morris—Capt. William Pickles, commanding—on Lake Ponchartrain, La. Oliver Pollock, the commercial agent of the Continental Congress stationed at New Orleans, subsequently fitted out West Florida, with the aid of the Spanish governor, Bernardo de Galvez, and commissioned her into Continental service. The sketchy records available indicate that the armed sloop operated against the small British forces in the gulf for a comparatively short time, under the command of the man whose ship first captured her, Capt. Pickles. In 1780, she was taken to Philadelphia, Pa., where she was sold as unserviceable.