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David Hepper
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    This is something of a mystery – this cannot refer to HM frigate Diana, which was not in commission in 1775. She re-commissioned at Chatham in 1778 and remained active until paid off in 1783, but I cannot find that she served in American waters.

    How does your friend know that it came from Diana ?

    I suspect that it refers to a 120-ton schooner with that name that served as a tender in North American waters in 1775 – she was lost in May 1775 near Boston when she ran aground and was subsequently burnt.

    This vessel was a local schooner purchased and fitted out at Boston, with Vice Admiral Graves reporting that “she will have the St Lawrence’s Guns” – this referred to another small schooner that had originally been fitted out in Canada and had just been condemned.

    For the original reports, see Naval Documents of the American Revolution, volume 1 available on line at:
    https://ndar-history.org/?q=node/28855

    Her purchase:
    NDAR vol 1
    Vice Admiral Samuel Graves to Philip Stephens, January 8, 1775 | Naval Documents of the American Revolution (ndar-history.org)

    And the reports on her destruction:
    NDAR vol 1
    Report of the Massachusetts Committee of Safety of the Battle on Noddle’s Island, May 27, 1775 | Naval Documents of the American Revolution (ndar-history.org)

    Vice Admiral Samuel Graves to Philip Stephens, June 7, 1775 | Naval Documents of the American Revolution (ndar-history.org)