Update: Replica Continental Sloop Providence to be Repaired

Great news. The replica Continental sloop Providence will be returning to the water. The sloop was seriously damaged when she was blown over in a blizzard in Newport in January 2015.  For some time the future of the vessel was unclear. Recently, the sloop had been listed for sale in her damaged condition on Yachtworld. Now the Associated Press is reporting that Providence is going to be repaired. The owner, Thorpe Leeson, hopes to have the 61′ sloop in the water in a year.

From our post of January 27, 2015: The sloop Providence, a 1976 built replica of the Continental Navy sloop of the same name, was blown off her jack stands while on shore at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island on Tuesday in blizzard conditions.  The ship was dis-masted and suffered hull damage when she fell over in winds reported to be gusting up to 60 mph. Thorpe Leeson, the sloop’s owner, told the Associated Press that extra supports were added beneath the ship as a precaution for the storm, but they failed in the high winds.

The Providence is a replica of a Continental Navy sloop built in 1775 and which was commanded by Abraham Whipple, John Paul Jones and John Rathbun, among others.   The Providence sank or captured 40 British ships during the war.  The replica Providence is 61′ long on deck and 110′ long overall and has a fiberglass hull.  She has appeared in a variety of roles in several movies including two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

A video of the ship in happier days.

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4 Responses to Update: Replica Continental Sloop Providence to be Repaired

  1. Best Abraham Whipple story:
    After Whipple and John Brown led the party of ‘Indians’ who burned the Royal Navy schooner Gaspee in 1772, HMS Rose captain James Wallace sent a note to Whipple, “You, Sir, burned his Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee and for this I shall hang you at the yardarm.” Whipple’s succinct reply, “Sir, Always catch a man before you hang him.” Words to live by….

  2. Rick Spilman says:

    Agreed. A wonderful story. Whipple was quite a character.

  3. Jack Dillon says:

    So How is the repair coming ?

  4. Jack Dillon says:

    So, how is the repair going ?