Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rattler and Bream Off Pemaquid Point


A story from the History of Boothbay, Southport and Boothbay Harbor, Maine. 1623-1905:

Early in the spring of 1813 two British cruisers, the Rattler with sixteen guns and the Bream with eight, hovered along the coast from the mouth of the Kennebec to St. George, paying special attention to Bristol and Boothbay.  On March 31st, just off Pemaquid Point, they captured five schooners on their way to Boston loaded with lumber. Prize crews were put aboard, but on April 2d, while becalmed just outside Boothbay Harbor, three boats with twenty men put off and recaptured one of the schooners. The record of the act exists, but who the actors were is now unknown.

Also see the Engagement Near Boothbay, Maine blog post.

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