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USS George Washington, a sloop, was built in Providence, RI and used as a merchant ship before being commissioned as a naval vessel. I have

I saw a ship that had quite a sleek design, lay fairly low in the water, did not have a particularly wide beam to her, although was quite able to carry cargo. Sailed mainly in Massachusetts Bay and was quite fast. I noticed that she had a 14 ft. draft. Was she capable of having less of a draft. She may also have had a third mast, forward rather than aft which wasn't used on a regular basis and could be removed. Did she have a female captain who masqueraded as a man? She was a beautiful boat.

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