Esek Hopkins

Esek Hopkins

Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Death 26 Feb 1802 (aged 83)
North Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 11911493 · View Source
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American Revolutionary naval hero. This native of Scituate, Rhode Island was appointed commander in chief of the newly formed Continental navy in 1775. The first ships converted to United States naval use were under his command, thus he is recognized as the first ranking officer of the US Navy. In 1776 he led the colonies' first amphibious naval attack. He was to go to Charleston, South Carolina, but instead sailed to the Bahamas where he successfully raided a New Providence Island storage facility and captured supplies and equipment that were needed by the Colonies. While returning home his fleet engaged and captured two small British warships. Although successful the operations were considered controversial and he was censured by Congress before being dismissed in 1778. However, he retained his popularity among the people and remained active in Rhode Island state politics until his death. Two U.S. Navy destroyers have been named in his honor.

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