The 36-gun frigate Alliance was launched at Salisbury, Massachusetts, on 28 April 1778. She would serve under the command of two of the Continental Navy’s most celebrated captains—John Paul Jones (albeit briefly, following his 1779 victory over HMS Serapis) and John Barry—fight the final naval engagement of the Revolutionary War, and was the last Continental Navy ship to decommission following the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
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