The USS Aberdeen (formerly the HMS Aberdeen) was an American brig, formerly that of the British. It was constructed in Jamaica in 1756 and put to use as a warship during the French and Indian War. Piloted by Hunter Browne, it preyed on French shipping, but in 1776, during the American Revolution, it was captured by colonial rebels when Boston fell. The ship was renamed with the prefix "USS" and piloted for the Continental Navy. It was recaptured by the British at Jamestowne on 15 April 1777 when Browne landed on the shore to drop cargo and was killed by a sentry. However, HMS Aberdeen was found to have had a gaping hole in the bottom caused by a skid along a rock on the Virginian shore, and it slowly sank as it was put out to sea, killing 100 crew members.