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Portsmouth I (LSD-37)

(Ship: t. 593; cpl. 220; a. 24 guns)

A city and shipbuilding center in New Hampshire.


The first Portsmouth was a small warship built for the new United States Navy in 1798 by James K. Hackett, Portsmouth, N.H., with funds contributed by the citizens of Portsmouth.

Commanded by Capt. Daniel McNeil, Portsmouth operated in the West Indies during the Naval War with France in the squadron commanded by Commodore John Barry.

In 1800, she sailed to France to bring back the United States envoys who had concluded peace negotiations with France.

After a second cruise in the Caribbean, Portsmouth was sold at Baltimore in 1801.

Published: Mon Aug 24 11:33:32 EDT 2015