|Namesake:||Savannah, a city in Georgia|
|Ordered:||4 May 1798|
|Builder:||John Patterson, Savannah, Georgia|
|Commissioned:||20 March 1799|
|Fate:||Sold February 1802|
|Length:||51 ft 9 in (15.77 m)|
|Beam:||15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)|
|Draft:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
The first USS Savannah was a coastal galley that served in the U.S. Navy from 1799 to 1802.
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