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Hannah, originally owned by John Glover of Marblehead, MA.
Taken over, 24 August 1775, and armed under Continental pay and control
Placed in Continental Navy service, 2 September 1775,, Nicholson Broughton, a captain in the Army was placed in command
Hannah was the beginning of the small fleet fitted out by George Washington in the fall of 1775 to aid him in the siege of Boston by capturing
provisions ships making for the harbor from British ports
Hannah captured sloop Unity, 7 September before returning to Beverly MA. Maintaining a adequate crew prevented her from sailing again until near the end of September
Cruising off Boston, the schooner was run ashore by the British sloop HMS Nautilus near Beverly 10 October
Hannah was saved from capture by the towns people on the shore fighting off the British attempt to take the schooner
Saved from destruction and capture the schooner was soon placed out of service in October as General Washington found more suitable ships for his cruisers
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 78 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
ten to twelve swivel guns
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||Continental schooner Hannah running the gauntlet of two British Ships-of-war, off Cape Ann, 5 September 1775. Hannah
was the first ship of the American Navy. Image from DANFS.
||A modern painting by Nowland van Powell of the Continental schooner Hannah on patrol from Marblehead, MA.
Hannah is a conjectural reconstruction based on typical vessels of the period. Image from van Powell "The American Navies of The Revolutionary War", 23.
||Print courtesy of Aquarelle Publishing Ltd. depicting the last voyage of the Continental schooner Hannah evading
HMS Lively in Boston Bay, 5 September 1775.
||Model of the Continental schooner Hannah at the U.S. Navy Museum. Image taken, 27 December 2011 by Sturmvogel (real name unknown).
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Wikipedia - USS Hannah
Last Updated 19 August 2016
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