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USC Hannah (1775)

Page history last edited by Cy 11 years, 8 months ago


Hannah, 4 Guns



Nationality American
Launched 1775/09/02  
Shipyard Hired  
Rate Hired Vessel
Type Schooner
Out Service 1775/10  
Fate Returned to Owners  


W012   Type Metric
Burthen 78 Tons BM  


1775/10   Broadside Weight = 8
Gun Deck 4 American 4-Pounder


Crew Complement
Date Men Notes Source
No Details Known


Date From Date to Rank/Position Name Source
1775/09/02 1775/10 Captain Nicholson Broughton B057


Service Record
Date Notes Source
1775/09/05 Put to Sea and was chased by two ships of war W012
1775/09/06 Chased by another ship W012
1775/09/07 Took the ship Unity, it was the first prize taken by a continental vessel W012
1775/09/07 Put into Gloucester with her prize W012
1775/10/10 Run ashore by the British sloop Nautilus (16), but was saved and refloated. She was quickly released form service W012


Fleet Title Commander Date From Date To Source
Washington's Fleet   1775/09/00 1776/00/00  


Actions & Battles
Date Source
No Actions Listed


Notes on Ship
Orders A Naval History of the American Revolution

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.


Id Link or Description Author
W012 Dictionary of American Fighting Vessels Unknown
B057 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792 Rif Winfield
B037 A Naval History of the American Revolution Gardner W Allen

Last Updated :2009/03/05 at 21:36:42 by Cy

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