Action of 23rd February 1776

23rd February 1776
Part of : The American War of Independence (1775/04/19 - 1784/01/14)
Next action : Milford vs Yankee Hero 6.6.1776


United States of America

American Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Yankee (12) C Barnes
Harrison (4) Charles Dyar

Great Britain

British vessel
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hope (14)  

Notes on Action

Description of the actionW027
On 23 February 1776, Yankee, along with Continental Army Schooner Harrison (Captain Charles Dyar), sailed from Plymouth looking for prizes. About 1330 they were sighted by HM Brig Hope (Lieutenant George Dawson). Hope came up with the two "Rebel Arm’d" vessels at 1500 and engaged them. After three hours they were drove back into Plymouth. Hope had some small damage done to her yards and rigging in this battle. Dawson returned to the mouth of the harbor at 2000 to await the next venture by the two raiders, but was lured away by the sighting of a small coasting schooner. Many Americans on shore witnessed the battle and noted that Hope was patching shot holes when she sheered off. Yankee, it was noted, had rescued Harrison from destruction, in this battle. Barnes deserved the thanks of the public for going to Harrison’s assistance


W027American War of Independence at SeaKen KellowWeb Site

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