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USS MANLEY (Torpedo Boat # 23, TB-23)
later renamed Levant

CLASS - Manley As Built.
Displacement 30 Tons.
Dimensions 60' 8" (oa) x 9' 5" x 2' 11".
Armament none.
Speed 17 Knots, Crew 5.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Yarrow & Co., Ltd., Poplar, London, England.
Purchased from Charles R. Flint 13 April 1898.
Placed "out of service" 1 April 1914.
Stricken 2 April 1914.
Continued to serve as a ferry launch at Annapolis.
Renamed Levant 11 April 1918.
Fate sold 21 April 1920 to Jacob Meyer of Cantonsville, MD.

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Manley 65kJohn Manley of Boston, born circa 1733, was selected for command of schooner Lee 24 October 1775. As Captain of Lee, on 28 November he captured one of the most valuable prizes of the Revolutionary War—British brigantine Nancy carrying much ordnance and military stores for British troops in Boston that proved invaluable to Washington’s army. For his “great vigilance and industry,” Manley was appointed commodore in January 1776 of “Washington’s fleet,” a group of small armed ships fitted out by him to harass the British and to seize supply vessels. Commissioned captain in the Continental Navy 17 April 1776, he sailed in Hancock until the frigate and her prize, HMS frigate Fox, were taken in July 1777. Imprisoned in New York until March 1778, he then entered privateer service to command Marlborough, Cumberland, and a prize, HMS Jason, until 1782, except for two more periods of imprisonment, one for 2 years in Mill Prison, England. On 11 September 1782, he returned to the Navy with command of frigate Hague. On a West Indies voyage he made a spectacular escape from a superior naval force; and, in January 1783, took the last significant prize of the war, Baille. Regarded as one of the outstanding captains of the young Navy, he had captured 10 prizes singlehanded and participated in the seizure of five others. Captain Manley died in Boston in 1793.NHC
Manley 88kNHC photo 64055. At the New York Navy Yard, about 1898. The cruisers Chicago and Atlanta are in the background undergoing modernization.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.

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