USS Randolph

DescriptionOn 7 March 1778 the US frigate's lookouts sighted sail on the horizon which proved to be the British 64-gun third-rate ship of the line HMS Yarmouth. That evening Randolph engaged the British warship and shot away 2 of Yarmouth's masts when some unknown cause, possibly a chance spark or more likely a cannonball hitting her magazine, ignited her magazine and Randolph exploded. 311 of her crew were lost; four survived.
Nationaliy of ShipUnited States
Lives Lost311
Peacetime or WartimeWartime
WarPre-World War One
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