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Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental NavyPrivateer, Patriot, Pioneer$
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Sheldon S. Cohen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034331

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034331.001.0001

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

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

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Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Sheldon S. Cohen

University Press of Florida

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

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