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Lee (I)

  • Built as the schooner Two Brothers, date and location unknown
  • Chartered at Marblehead, MA., 28 October 1775, renamed Lee, CAPT. John Manley in command
  • Lee departed Marblehead, 26 November 1775 taking her first prize, on the 27th, the 80 ton sloop Polly bound for Boston
  • The following day Lee surprised the 250-ton brig Nancy then beating her way into Boston taking her without firing a shot
  • In early December Lee chased and captured the 200-ton ship Concord
  • Lee, CAPT Daniel Waters in command, while operating with Franklin (I) took the 60-ton sloop Rainbow, 29 January 1776
  • Lee and Franklin took as a prize the 300-ton, Boston-bound brigantine Henry and Esther, carrying military cargo, 1 February
  • Early in March, Hancock and Lynch joined Lee and Franklin off Cape Ann driving off the British brig Hope and the next day taking Susannah, a 300-ton British merchantman
  • On the 10th they captured the 300-ton British transport Stokesby
  • On 2 April Lee in company with Lynch and Hancock took the brig Elizabeth an American vessel captured by the British the previous October
  • On 7 June, the schooner participated in the capture the British transport Anne
  • Lee next cruised alone off Nova Scotia without success until recapturing Betsy, after that sloop had fallen prey to Milford in Massachusetts Bay
  • Lee scored again in early November taking the brig Elizabeth
  • Lee under way in the spring of 1777, CAPT. John Skinner in command, too took the schooner Hawke on 13 April
  • The schooner next captured the fishing sloop Betsy, 3 May, and, a week later, caught the Irish brigantine Charles, followed by the capture of the brigantines Capelin and Industry
  • Pushing on into the Atlantic, 24 July she captured on 29 August the brig Industrious Bee, the next day, she took the snow Lively
  • Lee's final prize, the brigantine Dolphin was captured before returning to Marblehead, 26 October. A few days later, she was returned to her owner
    Displacement 74 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    four 4-pdrs
    two 2-pdrs
    ten swivel guns

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