High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! USS Richmond was a brig
purchased for the US Navy in 1798 by the citizens of Richmond,
Petersburg, Manchester and Norfolk, Virginia, while being built at
Norfolk as Augusta for a Mr. Myers. Renamed Richmond, she was
fitted out in the fall of that year and in December stood out from
Hampton Roads for the Caribbean with Captain Samuel Barron in
command for service in the Quasi-War with France. Sailing south,
the brig joined Thomas Truxtun's squadron in the West Indies and
operated with the ships of that squadron to protect American
merchant shipping from French raiders - warships and privateers.
Based at St. Kitts, Richmond convoyed merchantmen among the ports
of the Lesser Antilles until June 1799, assisting, in May, in the
capture of the French privateer, Louis.
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