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Warren (I)

  • Build as the fishing schooner Hawk, probably at Marblehead, MA.
  • Fitted out in October 1775 as the fourth vessel of the fledgling seagoing force assembled by General George Washington to intercept Boston-bound British supply ships
  • Commissioned Warren, in late October 1775 at Beverly MA., CAPT. Winborn Adams in command
  • The schooner sailed from Beverly, 31 October 1775, on her maiden voyage under Continental colors
  • Cruising north of Cape Ann Warren captured the Boston-bound supply ship, HMS Rainbow, around 27 November and the brig Sally on Christmas Eve The brig was bound from Lisbon to New York with 153 quarter casks of wine, the brig had been captured by HMS Niger earlier in the month, placed under a prize crew, and ordered taken to Boston. Warren captured Sally and took her into Marblehead as a "Christmas present" for General Washington
  • After undergoing repairs into January 1776, Warren now under the command of CAPT. William Burke set sail, 25 March 1776, attempting to intercept a convoy of transports but was frustrated by bad weather in her attempt to pick off any strays
  • Warren in company with Lynch and Lee attempted to get to sea on 27 May, but that day they could not slip past the British frigate HMS Milford patrolling outside Cape Ann harbor
  • When the schooner finally did manage to get to sea, she scoured the waters of the bay near Cape Ann but did not score any successes
  • Warren attempted to take the British troopship HMS Unity of in June but was driven off by the transports carriage guns and musket fire
  • While the schooner was disengaging, some powder stored on Warren's quarterdeck exploded, killing three and wounding seven
  • After repairs Warren returned to sea in late August 1776 to patrol the supply lanes between Nova Scotia and Boston
  • The schooner in company with Lynch encountered the British frigate HMS Liverpool on 26 August
  • The two schooners separated to flee, the British frigate chose to follow Warren
  • Liverpool had little difficulty forcing Warren to strike her colors before noon
  • Condemned by a British prize court, Warren subsequently served as a tender to HMS Milford until the erstwhile Continental ship ran aground in a storm near Portsmouth, N.H., and was destroyed around Christmas of 1776
    Displacement 64 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 50
    four 4-pdrs
    ten swivel guns

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