Nominal Guns34BWAS-1714
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
Home Port DANFS
How acquiredPurpose builtBWAS-1714
ShipyardNewburyport - Massachusetts DANFS
ConstructorRalph CrossBWAS-1714
CategoryFifth RateBWAS-1714
Ship TypeFrigate
Sailing RigShip Rigged
BecomesBritish Sixth Rate frigate 'Iris' (1777) (28)


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 Commanding Officer

17.4.1776 - 8.7.1777CaptainJohn Manley (1730-1793)DANFS

Service History

21.5.1777Left Boston for the North Atlantic in company with Boston (24) and Several Privateers
27.5.1777All Privateers had left the two frigates
29.5.1777Took a Brig belonging to a convoy under Somerset (68) - 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) - 38, Rainbow (44) - 44
7.7.1777Action of 7th July 1777
8.7.1777Taken by Rainbow (44)

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.B037
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 .''


BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
DANFSDictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
B037A Naval History of the American RevolutionGardner Weld AllenDigital Book

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