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Nominal Guns34BWAS-1714
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNewburyport - Massachusetts DANFS
Ralph CrossAmerican
Ship Builder
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigateDANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentBWAS-1714
Length of Gundeck140' 8"Imperial Feet42.6771 
Length of Keel116' 2"Imperial Feet35.36 
Breadth35' 2"Imperial Feet10.6782 
Depth in Hold10' 7"Imperial Feet3.2258 
Draught Forward14' 0"Imperial Feet4.2672 
Burthen764Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck136' 7"Imperial Feet41.4577 
Breadth35' 6"Imperial Feet10.6985 
Depth in Hold11' 6"Imperial Feet3.5052 
Burthen763Tons BM 


1776Broadside Weight = 174 Imperial Pound ( 78.909 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck24 American 12-Pounder
Quarterdeck6 American 6-Pounder
Forecastle4 American 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
4.1776290 DANFS

1 Ship Commander

17.4.1776 - 8.7.1777Captain
John ManleyAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1793

Service History

21.5.1777Left Boston for the North Atlantic in company with
Boston (24) 1776-1780
American 24 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
and Several Privateers

27.5.1777All Privateers had left the two frigates
29.5.1777Took a Brig belonging to a convoy under
Somerset (68) 1748-1778
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
- 64 and a frigate

7.6.1777Action of 7th June 1777
6.7.1777Took a Sloop sailing out of Louisburg, it was burnt on July 7th
6.7.1777Sighted and chased by three British vessels,
Flora (32) 1761-1778
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
- 38,
Rainbow (44) 1747-1802
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
- 44

7.7.1777Action of 7th July 1777
8.7.1777Taken by
Rainbow (44) 1747-1802
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line

Notes on Ship

A man's head with yellow breeches, white stockings, blue coat with yellow button holes, small cocked hat with a yellow lace, has a mast in lieu of an ensign Staff with a latteen sail on it, has a fore and aft driver boom, with another across, two top gallant royal masts, pole mizen topmast, a whole mizen yard and mounts 32 Guns, has a Rattle Snake carved on the stern, netting all around the ship, stern black and yellow, quarter galleries all yellow
Principal Dimensions of the Rebel Frigate Hancock.ref:76
Length on the upper Deck, 140 ft. 8 ins.
Breadth on Do. 30 ft.2 ins.
Length of Keel for Tonnage, 116ft 2 ins.
Extreme Breadth, 35ft 2ins.
Depth in the Hold, 10ft 7 ins
Burthen in Tons, 764.
Height between Decks, 5ft 6ins
Do. in the Waste, 5 ft 0 ins.
Size of the Gun Ports,
Fore & Aft, 2ft 7ins
Up & Down, 2ft 2ins

Length on the Quarter Deck, 57ft 8ins
Length on the Forecastle, 31ft 3ins
Draught of Water,
afore, 14 ft. 0 ins.
abaft, 15 ft. 10 ins.

Height of the Ports from the Surface of the Water,
Forward 9 ft. 0 ins.
Midships 8 ft. 2 ins.
Abaft 9 ft. 2ins .''


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