Born as packet-boat, HALIFAX – British Colonial Schooner 1774 was purchased in 1768 by the Royal Navy and transformed at Portsmouth into a typical colonial schooner of the time. These alterations included raising the cabin platform to obtain more storage space below, elevating the bulwarks with openings for the 6 guns and building a new railing with 6 culverins. The outer changes made to the hull as well as to masting and rigging altered deeply the original aspect. The sources concerning the life of this ship are extremely contradictory. It sailed prevailingly along the American coasts in a rather complex period of history of this country.