US#RM510 - "HANNAH" - First Ship of Continental Navy
Us#rm510 - embossed stamped paper 1799 rhode island revenue The Schooner Hannah: FIRST SHIP OF CONTINENTAL NAVY "the first formal movement for the creation of a continental navy came from rhode island, because its merchants' activities had been sever ... Read More
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1799 rhode island revenue
The Schooner Hannah:
"the first formal movement for the creation of a continental navy came from rhode island, because its merchants' activities had been severely harassed by british frigates. On 26 august 1775, rhode island general assembly passed a resolution that there be a single continental fleet funded by the continental congress. The resolution was introduced in the continental congress on 3 october 1775, but was tabled. In the meantime, george washington had begun to acquire ships, starting with the schooner "hannah" which was paid for out of washington's own pocket. Hannah was commissioned and launched on 5 september 1775, from the port of beverly, massachusetts.
The owners (stated on this document) william & samuel vernon of newport, rhode island, were new england traders who played a leading role in the continental congress' maritime activities during the american revolution. William was appointed by the continental congress as the president of the eastern naval board on may 6, 1777. This position was effectively the precursor to the department of the navy (effectively making vernon the first secretary of the navy, before the position was officially established in the 1790s). In this position, vernon was responsible for building and outfitting the ships of the colonial navy for the duration of the american revolution. Thus the acquisition of the hannah for his merchant business after the war would be highly likely and viable proof that the hannah listed on this document is the original ship of the colonial navy.
Samuel was one of the ringleaders responsible for the Stamp Act Riots of 1765.
The Vernon House, located on Clarke Street in Newport, was the headquarters of the Comte de Rochambeau during the revolution, General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette both were guests at the Vernon House. It is now a National Historic Landmark.
The document is signed by john s. Dexter, federal supervisor of the revenue at providence and daniel lyman, surveyor for the port of newport, rhode island.
During the revolutionary war dexter was a lieutenant of varnum's rhode island regiment in 1775, 1st lt and adjutant for the 9th. Continental infantry in 1776, captain of the 1st. Rhode island in 1777 and appointed assistant adjutant-general in 1779. He served the remaider of the war from 1781 to 1783 as major of the 1st. Rhode island.
Dexter was at times in his duties as Adjutant exchanging letters with George Washington.
It is with no surprise when seeing his duties during the war as Adjutant that we find him being appointed as Supervisor of the Revenue.
Daniel Lyman (1756–1830) was a New England soldier, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and member of the secessionist Hartford Convention.
While attending Yale College, Lyman was commissioned as a captain in the Continental Army, serving in the battles of Ticonderoga, Crown Point and St. Johns. After his graduation in 1776, he was commissioned as a major, served at the battle of White Plains and from 1778 until the close of the war was an aide to General William Heath. Lyman served as a member of the Hartford Convention in 1814-15 He later acted as surveyor for the port of Newport. He also practiced law, and served as the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1812 to 1816.
Both Dexter and Lyman were officers in the original Society of Cincinnatti for the State of Rhode Island.
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