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The Minister De Sartine, had promised him again and again but the powerful aristocracy in the French Navy prevented De Sartine from fulfilling his promise to a foreigner, who was regarded by many as an advent The impetuous Jones chafed under these repeated urer. disappointments, and wrote many letters to Franklin, De Sartine, and even to the King. When, after five months of waiting, Jones s patience was exhausted, he went in person to the court and received the old hulk of Marine, specific ships, Duras, of 40 guns.
Captain Barry commanded the United States, Captain Nicholson, the Constitution, and, as it happened, Truxtun, the fifth on the list, who had been appointed to command the 36-gun the Constellation, ; got to sea with his command, while his seniors, Captains Talbot and Dale, were forced into other occupations, because their frigates were not completed. Constellation, This point, later, gave rise to a question of seniority between these two and Captain Truxtun, because at the time it was not clear whether Talbot and Dale had been retired or merely put on furlough.
Of Sea Power, p. 385. Ill THE BEGINNINGS OF A NEW NAVY AND THE WAR WITH FRANCE THE BEGINNINGS OF A NEW NAVY IN the chaos that followed the Revolutionary War, that remained of the Continental Navy disappeared. The ship-of-the-line America, which had been completed shortly after the conclusion of peace, was presented by all the United States to the King of France, in token of gratitude for the timely aid of France during the war. The three ships that survived the Revolution, the Deane, the Washington, and the Alliance, were sold; and after the disposal of the last of these in 1785, the United States had not a single armed vessel.