Hannah

2506
Nominal Guns4DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorState Navy
Hired2.9.1775DANFS
Home Port DANFS
ShipyardUnknownDANFS
CategoryHired VesselDANFS
Ship TypeSchooner DANFS
Returned to Owners10.1775DANFS

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Burthen78Tons BM 

Armament


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

1 Commanding Officer


DatesRankNameSource
2.9.1775 - 10.1775CaptainNicholson BroughtonBWAS-1714

Service History


DateEventSource
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) (16), but was saved and refloated. She was quickly released form serviceDANFS

Fleets
FromUntilFleetFleet CommanderSource
1775/091776Washington's Fleet 

Notes on Ship


OrdersB037

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.



Sources


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

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