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New Hampshire Privateer Cutter Swallow




Swallow

Commander John Tibbets

Armed Cutter

13 June 1782-

New Hampshire Privateer Cutter


Commissioned/First Date:

13 June 1782

Out of Service/Cause:


Owners:

Spence & Sherburne of Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Tonnage:


Battery:

Date Reported: 13 June 1782

Number/Caliber  Weight        Broadside

5/

Total: 5 cannon/

Broadside: 2 cannon/

Swivels:


Crew:

13 June 1782: 21 [total]


Description:


Officers:


Cruises:

(1) Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, [June] 1782-1 July 1782

(2) Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to Boston, Massachusetts, 1 July 1782-15 July 1782


Prizes:

(1) Ship Live Oak (Peter Gordon), [July] 1782


Actions:

(1) Action at Lunenburg, 1 July 1782


Comments:

New Hampshire Privateer Cutter Swallow was commissioned on 13 June 1782 under Commander John Tibbets of Portsmouth. She was listed with five guns, and a crew of twenty men. She was bonded for $20,000 by Tibbets, Thomas Thompson and Keith Spence, both of Portsmouth.1


Swallow was one of five privateers (including Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Hero (Commander George W. Babcock), Massachusetts Privateer Brigantine Hope (Commander Herbert Woodberry2 (or Woodbury)3  Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Scammel (Commander Noah Stoddard), and Massachusetts Privateer Schooner Dolphin (Commander Gregory Power) which joined to attack the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in July 1782.4 The privateers arrived in Boston, Massachusetts about 15 July 1782.


Perhaps on the way home from the raid, Swallow captured the 220-ton ship Live Oak (Peter Gordon). She was libeled by the Dolphin on 5 August 1782 in the Massachusetts Maritime Court of the Middle District, with her trial set for 20 August.5



1 NRAR, 470

2 NRAR, 343

3 Maclay, History of American Privateers, 215

4 For full details of the raid on Lunenburg, see Sack of Lunenburg.

5 The Boston Gazette, and the Country Journal, Monday, August 5, 1782


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