From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
The Bourbons were a dynasty which reigned over France (1589-1792 and 1815-48).
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Bourbon was authorized as a 28-gun frigate by the Continental Congress 23 January 1777 and built at Chatham, Conn., under the supervision of John Cotten. In October 1779 Captain Thomas Read was ordered to her command with instructions to outfit her. Due largely to a shortage of money she was not launched until 31 July 1783. In September 1783, still uncompleted, she was offered for sale.