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HMS Vulture (1776)
Career Royal Navy Ensign
Class and type: Swan class ship sloop
Name: HMS Vulture
Ordered: 30 October 1775
Builder: John and William Wells, Deptford
Laid down: November 1775
Launched: 18 March 1776
Commissioned: April 1776
Fate: Sold August 1802
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 304 5894 bm
Length: 96 ft 9.5 in (29.5 m) (gundeck)
79 ft 2 in (24.1 m) (keel)
Beam: 26 ft 10.75 in (8.2 m)
Depth of hold: 12 ft 11 in (3.94 m)
Complement: 125
Armament: 14 x 6-pounder guns;
2 more added ca. 1780

HMS Vulture was a 14 gun ship sloop of the Swan class, launched on 18 March 1776. She served during both the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary War before being sold for disposal in 1802. The Vulture is perhaps best known for being the warship to which Benedict Arnold fled on the Hudson River in 1780 after unsuccessfully trying to betray the Continental Army's fortress at West Point, New York to the British.

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Coordinates: 39°34′41″N 74°18′00″W / 39.578°N 74.300°W / 39.578; -74.300

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