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Nominal Guns6
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorState Navy
Home Port 
CategoryHired Vessel
Ship TypeSchooner
Returned to Owners26.10.1777


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Burthen74Tons BM 
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalentref:76
Burthen72Tons BM 


10.1775Broadside Weight = 15 Imperial Pound ( 6.8025 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck4 American 4-Pounder
Gun Deck2 American 2-Pounder
Gun Deck10 American Swivel

10.1775Broadside Weight = 13 Imperial Pound ( 5.8955 kg)ref:76
Gun Deck4 American 4-Pounder
Gun Deck10 American Swivel

3 Ship Commanders

24.10.1775 - 1.1776Unknown
John ManleyAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1793
20.1.1776 - 11.1776Unknown
Daniel WatersAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1816
11.1776 - 10.1777Unknown
John SkimmerAmerican
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1778

Service History

10.1775Chartered by Colonel John Glover from Thomas Stevens
28.10.1775Left Marblehead to lay off Tuck Point
29.10.1775Put to sea
27.11.1775Took the 80 ton Sloop Polly
28.11.1775Took the 250 ton Brig Nancy loaded with ordinance and gunpowder
12.1775Took the 200-ton ship Concord
29.1.1776In company with Franklin took the 60-ton sloop Rainbow
30.1.1776Chased by the British frigate Fowey (20)
1.2.1776In company with Franklin took the 300-ton brigantine Henry and Esther northeast of Cape Ann
3.1776Franklin was seperated form the flotilla
4.3.1776The flotilla drove off the British brig Hope
5.3.1776The flotilla took the 300-ton merchantman Susannah
10.3.1776The flotilla took the 300-ton transport Stokesby
21.3.1776Forced a British Brig to heave to, but had to abandon the prize when two British men or war, Savage and Diligent, arrived
3.1776-00 Lee and Franklin are joined by Hancock and Lynch
2.4.1776Retook the brig Elizabeth, taken by the British in October 1775
13.5.1776Formed a flotilla with Warren and Lynch
27.5.1776Chased by the British frigate Milford
6.1776Solo cruise off Nova Scotia, recapturing the Betsy
7.6.1776Took the British transport Anne carrying light infantry of the 71st Regiment
11.1776Took the brig Elizabeth
7.11.1776Arrived in Boston with the prize Elizabeth
13.4.1777Took the schooner Hawk
3.5.1777Took the fishing sloop Betsy
10.5.1777Took the brigantine Charles, but she was leter retaken
6.1777Took the brigantines Capelin and Industry
25.6.1777Arrive in Boston
24.7.1777Left port
29.8.1777Took the brig Industrious Bee
30.8.1777Took the snow Lively, but she was retaken by Diamond on the 23rd September
26.10.1777Returned to Marblehead and was returned to her owner

Notes on Ship

Originally the merchant vessel Two Brothers
General Notes

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

The prize Stokesby ran aground enroute to Gloucester. After much of her cargo had been removed, British brig Hope arrived and put the torch to the hulk

Extact from B037 "...the Lee, was a seventy-two ton schooner carrying a large square-sail on the fore topmast ; she mounted four four-pounders and ten swivels, and was manned by fifty soldiers from Glover's regiment".

The Nancy's cargo included "ordnance and military stores which were of the utmost value to the American army. Besides other things there were two thousand muskets, thirty-one tons of musket shot, three thousand round shot, several barrels of powder, and a thirteen-inch brass mortar..."


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