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Barbados.

Other names: Ranger/Yarmouth: "off Barbados"

What:
Barbados, British colony throughout the Revolutionary War
7 Mar 1778, Off East Coast of Barbados, USS Randolph (frigate), Captain Nicholas Biddle, 32 guns vs. HMS Yarmouth (ship of line), *Captain Vincent, 64 guns.

Where:
13.164, -59.555, British colony throughout the Revolutionary War
13.154377, -57.324762, Randolph/Yarmouth 150 mi. E. of Barbados, 4 Jul 1779

Maps: [map notes]

  • 13.164, -59.555, British colony throughout the Revolutionary War
  • Acme Mapper.
  • Google Aerial or hybrid.
  • Mapquest. Aerial or street view. Zoom out once.
  • Wikimapia  
  • Confidence: 5

  • 13.154377, -57.324762, Randolph/Yarmouth, off E. Coast of Barbados
  • Acme Mapper.
  • Google Aerial or hybrid. Zoom out 5 times.
  • Mapquest. Aerial or street view. Zoom out twice.
  • Wikimapia.  
  • Confidence: 3

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Sources:

  • Archive "Action off Barbados": March 7, 1778, Off East Coast of Barbados, USS Randolph (frigate), Captain Nicholas Biddle, 32 guns vs. HMS Yarmouth (ship of line), 64 guns. British victory.

  • "Nicholas Biddle (naval officer)"

  • "Barbados", Answers.com.

  • A Naval History Of The American Revolution , Chapter IX, AmericanRevolution.org: "(Independent Chronicle, August 13, 1778.) Captain Vincent of the Yarmouth reported March 17 to Admiral Young, at Barbadoes, that "on the 7th instant at half past five P.M. discovered six sail in the S.W. quarter, on a wind standing to the northward; two of them ships, three brigs and a schooner. We were then 50 leagues due east of this island."

  • Archive league, n.: "A unit of distance equal to 3.0 statute miles (4.8 kilometers)."

  • OziExplorer: Waypoint projected 150 miles due east of 13.164, -59.555 = 13.154377, -57.324762. Basis for Randolph/Yarmouth action site location

  • Map, Archive "Naval Battles 1776-1800". Shown as American victory here. Inconsistent with Capt. Vincent's report, above. Too far east.

  • Snippet from Thomas Jefferys, Composite: West Indies, 1775, image 4723024 from David Rumsey Historical Map Collection at DavidRumsey.com:

    Barbados:

    Barbados

  • Modern map of Barbados

  • Boatner: 1184, 1186.

  • Piers Mackesy, War for America, Published 1993, U of Nebraska Press, p.230, 330.

  • Archive "Battles of the Atlantic (and other parts of the world) and the War for Independence", National Society Sons of the American Revolution.
    " 3/7 - 8/1778 Barbados West Indies Sea. British victory."

  • Maps: Central America and the Caribbean

  • Barbados, Answers.com.

  • RevWar75  
    listing 3/7 - 8/1778 Barbados. Naval action. British victory.

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    Confidence level: See above

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