. Vernon's account of the loss of the frigates Virginia
, Capt. James Nicholson; Randolph
, Capt. Nicholas Biddle; Alfred
, Capt. Elisha Hinman; and the Washington
, both uncompleted and burned by the British in early May, is substantially correct.
So too is his description of the conduct of Capt. Thomas Thompson of the Raleigh
, who was later court martialed and dismissed from the navy (Samuel Tucker to
, 9 May, note 3
, above; Allen, Naval Hist. of the Amer. Revolution
, 1:296–299,301–304,310–311; compare Vernon's account here with that by William Ellery
in his letter to Vernon of 25 April, “Vernon Naval Papers,”
p. 237–239; see also letters to the Commissioners from Samuel Tucker and William
Bingham of 27
May, respectively, both below).