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Nominal Guns4DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorState Navy
CategoryHired VesselDANFS
Ship TypeSchoonerDANFS
Returned to Owners10.1775DANFS


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Burthen78Tons BM 


10.1775Broadside Weight = 8 Imperial Pound ( 3.628 kg) 
Gun Deck4 American 4-Pounder

1 Ship Commander

2.9.1775 - 10.1775Captain
Nicholson BroughtonAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1725-1825

Service History

5.9.1775Put to Sea and was chased by two ships of warDANFS
6.9.1775Chased by another shipDANFS
7.9.1775Took the ship Unity, it was the first prize taken by a continental vesselDANFS
7.9.1775Put into Gloucester with her prizeDANFS
10.10.1775Run ashore by the British sloop
Nautilus (16) 1762-1780
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
(16), but was saved and refloated. She was quickly released form service


DatesFleetFleet CommanderSource
9.1775-1776Washington's Fleet  

Notes on Ship


This vessel was part of Washington's Fleet and was not formally a part of the Continental Navy

Captain Nicholson Broughton was put in command. His instructions, signed by Washington and dated September 2, 1775, were as follows:

You, being appointed a Captain in the Army of the United Colonies of North-America, are hereby directed to take the command of a detachment of said Army and proceed on board the Schooner Hannah, at Beverly, lately fitted out and equipped with arms, ammunition and provisions, at the Continental expense. You are to proceed, as commander of said Schooner, immediately on a cruise against such vessels as may be found on the high seas or else where, bound inwards and outwards, to or from Boston, in the service of the Ministerial Army, and to take and seize all such vessels laden with soldiers, arms, ammunition or provisions, for or from said Army, or which you shall have good reason to suspect are in such service." Broughton was to send his prizes into "the safest and nearest Port to this camp "; papers disclosing the enemy s designs were to be searched for ; prisoners were to be humanely treated, allowed to retain their private property and sent to headquarters under a guard furnished by the Continental officer stationed at the port ; the apportionment of prize money was prescribed ; armed vessels of the enemy were to be avoided, the sole object of the enterprise being the interception of supplies ; a system of signals was to be established for communicating with other vessels to be sent out. The instructions concluded with the injunction " to be extremely careful and frugal of your ammunition ; by no means to waste any of it in salutes, or any purpose but what is absolutely necessary.


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