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

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

Commanded by Capt. Daniel MeNeil, 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 conducted peace negotiations with France.

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