If a ship could sound sexy, it's this one. La Belladonna was one of the first French ships to carry aid to the Continental Army - starting before France officially joined the American Revolution, but (obviously) after they started secretly supplying the Patriots with weaponry.
The ship's original name wasn't Belladonna - it was repainted before it left France in order to keep its nature and destination a secret. The crew, however, was French, captained by Lieutenant Commander Auguste Le Moyne. The ship's cargo was valuable enough that it warranted a personal escort from the USS Randolph. However, according to LeMoyne's log, after two weeks at sea, the Randolph disappeared one morning - never to reappear.
Fortunately for them, Connor happened along.