The first US Navy warship with propelling machinery below the waterline. Rattler, the first British warship with screw, was also launched in 1843]. The Princeton was laid down 20 October 1842 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard under the supervision of Capt. Robert F. Stockton. Capt. Robert Stockton on Princeton, the first screw-propelled naval steamer, challenged British merchant ship Great Western to a race off New York, which Princeton won easily.