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USS Hannah

The schooner Hannah was the first armed American naval vessel of the American Revolution and is claimed to be the founding vessel of the United States Navy. She was a fishing schooner owned by John Glover of Marblehead and was named for his daughter, Hannah Glover; the crew was drawn from the town of Marblehead, with much of the ships ammunition being stored in Glover's warehouse now located at Glover's Square in Marblehead before being relocated to Beverly, Massachusetts. The schooner was hired into the service of the American Continental Army by General George Washington. Washington commissioned Nicholson Broughton to command the Hannah on 2 September 1775 and ordered the vessel to, "...cruize against such vessels as may be found... bound inward and outward to and from Boston, in the service of the army, to take and seize all such vessels, laden with soldiers, ammunition, or provisions... which you shall have good reason to suspect are in such service."Hannah set sail from the harbor of Beverly, Massachusetts on 5 September 1775, but fled to the protection of the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts two days under the pursuit of HMS Lively and a second British vessel.

Leaving Gloucester Harbor, Hannah captured HMS Unity. Alongside other Marblehead Regiment, the Franklin, the Warren, the Hancock, the Lee, the first Continental navy was assembled on Boston's north shore. Three of the four captains of the ships were residents of Marblehead. Along with another Marblehead native and naval Captain Samuel Tucker, General Washington's Fleet raided enemy British ships up and down the Massachusetts coast. "With crews of experienced Marblehead seamen, these bold and skilled mariners captured enemy supply ships filled with ammunition and armaments that were crucial to the American cause of independence. The fleet was believed to have flown the Revolutionary "Pine Tree Flag" with the less common motto "An Appeal to God" signifying the crews' loyalty to their New England woodlands and their religion. On one of the schooner's first voyages, it encountered the sloop Unity, owned by John Langdon, a member of the Continental Congress from New Hampshire, but had been taken by the British Royal Navy.

Rather than returning the ship to its rightful owner, Captain Broughton sailed the ship to Gloucester and requested he and his crew be given the store of salt fish beef and lumber. Washington's orders were to collect munitions only, his refusal caused a mutiny among the crew, of whom 14 were ordered whipped, but only one was punished.'. Hannah's brief naval career ended on 10 October 1775, when she was run aground under the guns of a small American fort near Beverly by the British sloop Nautilus. After a 4 hour engagement between the British ship and Beverly and Salem militias on the shore, Hannah was saved from destruction and capture. Nautilus was badly damaged, but managed to escape with the rising tide around 8 p.m.. According to the New England Chronicle dated October 12th 1775, "...no lives were lost on our side, the Privateer was damaged little if any". Other sources however still claim that Hannah was soon decommissioned as General Washington found more suitable ships for his cruisers.

According to legend, soon after Hannah's decommissioning, the schooner was towed to Lee's Wharf in Manchester, where its name was changed to Lynch. There, the vessel was restored to working condition by 7 carpenters over the course of 3 weeks. In March of 1777, Lynch was sent to France with congressional correspondence for Benjamin Franklin, there as U. S. Ambassador. Upon embarking on their journey back to the U. S. Lynch and its crew were captured by British ship HMS Foudroyant. Lynch was sold as a prize by the British and documentation indicates that the schooner was used as a merchant vessel thereafter. Most modern scholars however believe the ship was destroyed or at least damaged beyond repair, thus rendering the true fate of the ship unknown. While no imagery of the ship is known to exist and fishing schooners like the model pictured above, as well as those painted below, are thought to be accurate representations; the City of Beverly and the Town of Marblehead, Massachusetts each claim to have been the home port of the schooner.

Each asserted the honor of being "the Birthplace of the American Navy" from the career of the Hannah until a plaque on display in the Selectmen's room at Abbot Hall in Marblehead, was discovered in the Philadelphia Navy Yard proclaiming Marblehead to be the birthplace. Alongside the plaque is a display detailing Marblehead's storied Naval history focusing on the importance of the USS Hannah and the rest of the fleet that became the first of the United States Navy; the entrance sign to the town of Marblehead features a small inset of an artist's depiction of the USS Hannah. In June of 1926 the town celebrated the 150th anniversary as birthplace of the Navy. In 1992, USS Constitution, another important Naval ship that protected Marblehead during the War of 1812, on its final unassisted voyage made a stop in Marblehead Harbor in 1992, before returning to Boston. One of the original gas stations in the town featured a facsimile piece of the hull of Hannah pictured below. After Hannah, Glover refitted five more schooners and launched another two from Plymouth.

In the coming months though, the Continental Congress recognized the need for a Navy to accompany Washington's Army, smaller private boats such as Hannah fell out of favor. Along with much of the exhibit in Abbott Hall, the history of the tow

Veeramum Eeramum

Veeramum Eeramum is a Tamil language film directed by Sanjay Ram, which released on 5 October 2007. It starred Saravanan, Deepan Chakravarthy, Krishna, Thaniya and Sudhakar Vasanth in main roles. Shankar Ayya is the'godfather' of Tuticorin and the villages around it, where the Arivaal culture prevails; the villagers respect him because of his stature as a do-gooder and a man who helps the poor and needy. His enemies led by his cousin Semmarai Pandian, a cruel and cunning man with a nose ring hate him due to decades old enmity between the two families. So blood flows as frequent gang wars take place, creating a law and order problem in the coastal area; the Superintendent of Police, Veerasangili is asked by the government to sort out and stop the gang wars. Remember the earlier SP had disappeared, trying to bring the feud to an end. Veerasangli is a more committed man, he tries to negotiate peace, but fails to bring Semmarai to the table after threatening him with encounter death. Semmarai with a pathological hatred for Shankar is obstinate that he will never allow peace as long as Shankar family holds sway, plays dirty.

What happens next is told in a compelling and gripping manner, leading to a stunning climax. Saravanan as Shankar Ayya Deepan Chakravarthy as Veerasangili Sanjay Ram Sonika Thaniya Anjusha Sudhakar Vasanth Soundtrack was composed by Yugendran. Maane Mayilazhage - K. S. Chithra Oru Kshanam - Harish Raghavendra, Srilekha Parthsarathy Purusha Payale - Karthik, Prashanthi Vaanam Thottu - Yugendran Sapam Pudicha - Swarnalatha The Hindu wrote "Director Sanjayram, who has taken care of the story, dialogue and production, has done a good job as far as the dialogue and production are concerned. However, he should have concentrated on the screenplay, as this kind of storyline has been handled better in Tamil cinema." Indiaglitz wrote "Veeramum Eeramum is a raw action-film, sure to provide delight to action-buffs"

2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open – Singles

Jelena Janković was the defending champion, but lost in the third round to Akgul Amanmuradova. Kim Clijsters defeated Maria Sharapova in the final, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, despite Sharapova having three match points, it was Sharapova's second final defeat in as many weeks, having lost the Stanford final to Victoria Azarenka just two weeks earlier. Ana Ivanovic, ranked a lowly World No. 62 entering the tournament, upset Azarenka in the first round, having trailed 2–6, 2–5 before fighting back to win the match, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2. She went on to make her third semi-final of the year, being forced to retire against Clijsters after injuring her foot early in the match; the top eight seeds receive a bye into the second round. Main Draw Qualifying Draw