William Bainbridge was a U.S. Naval officer. He was commissioned as Lieutenant in 1798, as Master Commandant in 1799, and as Captain in 1800. He served as commander of the U.S. frigate Philadelphia. He received a commendation from Congress for his services in the capture of the British frigate Java. Bainbridge died in 1833.
Correspondence to and from Bainbridge. Includes an 1803 letter written by Bainbridge in Tripoli after his ship, the US Frigate Philadelphia, had run aground and been captured by Barbary pirates; and 1929 correspondence with Samuel Southard, Secretary of the US Navy. Also includes a small portfolio case containing manuscript notes on British dockyards at Deptford, Plymouth, Chatham, Portsmouth, Pembroke, Woolwich, and Sheerness.