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Sweeps

Both Hamilton & Scourge carried long shafted oars or sweeps on-board. A sweep is operated by at least one person using two hands to pull the vessel through the water. As long as there were fresh breezes to fill the sails sweeps were little used; however, sweeps were often used to propel the vessels when there was no wind. Armed with long range guns, the United States Navy used sweeps to manoeuvre its schooners Julia, Pert, Growler, Fair American, and Ontario many of which had 24 or 32 pounder swivel guns into range of the Royal Navy fleet which had a majority of shorter range carronades. The Royal Navy in turn used sweeps to manoeuvre out of range of the American long guns.