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The Brigantine Providence is described on another page. This page discusses the other ships of the period which were named "Providence" and were not brigantines.

Read about the court case involving Joseph Bucklin 4th and his ship the Brigantine Providence.  A brigantine is bigger than a sloop, but smaller than a frigate.

Sloop Providence. The ship John Paul Jones had, and which has its own place in history, that was named the Providence was originally named "Katy".   It was a merchant sloop, 110 feet long,  built in 1768.  It was owned by Providence merchant John Brown.   In 1774, the Newport merchants felt aggrieved by the actions of the English ship Rose in its actions against smuggling.  The Newport merchants fitted out the Katty as an armed vessel and used it to patrol the Narragansett Bay in opposition to the 20 gun HMS Rose.   

In 1775, as the first American ship of the Rhode Island navy, the Katty was put under the command of John Brown's ship captain Abraham Whipple.  

Then when purchased by the General Assembly of the colonies to be used for the new American Navy, and armed with 12 guns, it was renamed the Providence.  

Photo above. left,  is of a recreated Providence.  An illustration of the historical Providence is the painting on the right. (Click to enlarge this to appreciate the nature of this ship.)

For comparative  purposes, on the left is a photo of a brigantine, while on the right is a photo of a schooner. 

 A brigantine is generally bigger than a schooner or sloop, but smaller than a frigate.




Frigate Providence. There was a frigate Providence, built for war in 1776, by Sylvester Brown, of Providence, RI.  Carrying 28 guns, she was about 127 feet long and 34 feet wide.  The photo on the left shows a frigate, although not the Providence. 




Gondola Providence. The gondola Providence was a flat bottomed boat  62 feet long by 20 feet wide.  It was in essence a floating gun position for the 12 cannons mounted on it.  It was built for, and used in, and destroyed in, the 1776 battle for Lake Champlain in the Revolution.