. The brig Nancy
out of London was taken by Capt. John Manley of the Lee,
a privateer, on 28 Nov. The capture of this ship was of great importance to the American
Army, for it was loaded with ordnance for the British Army in Boston. Among other
things, the Americans gained 2,000 muskets, 100,000 musket flints, 62,500 pounds of
musket shot, 75 carbines, 11 mortar beds, and one complete 13-inch brass mortar that
with its bed weighed over 5,000 pounds. This mortar, described as “the noblest piece
of ordnance ever landed in America,” arrived in Cambridge on 2 Dec. and was christened
by Israel Putnam “The Congress.” It exploded during the bombardment of Boston in March
1776 (Boston Gazette,
11 Dec.; Clark, Washington's Navy
, p. 60–64, 74, 122).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.