From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
Admiral Comte de Grasse (1722-1788) commanded the French Fleet which defeated the British in the Battle off the Virginia Capes, 5 September 1781. Lord Cornwallis' army, cut off from sea support by De Grasse, surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown -- the most decisive victory of the Revolutionary War.
The first De Grasse (No. 1217), a yacht, was carried on the Navy List from July to November 1918.
Transcribed by Yves HUBERT