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Hannah (I)

  • 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.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    four 4-pdrs
    ten to twelve swivel guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Hannah 57k 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. Robert Hurst
    Hannah 343k 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. Robert Hurst
    Hannah 346k Print courtesy of Aquarelle Publishing Ltd. depicting the last voyage of the Continental schooner Hannah evading HMS Lively in Boston Bay, 5 September 1775. Robert Hurst
    Hannah 210k Model of the Continental schooner Hannah at the U.S. Navy Museum. Image taken, 27 December 2011 by Sturmvogel (real name unknown). Robert Hurst

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