Keywords: Maritime Ships and boats Naval
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Location: Kittery; Portsmouth
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Maritime Museum
Media: black and white photograph
The story of the capture of the British ship Margaretta by a group of Patriots in Machias on June 12, 1755 has taken on legendary proportions, some of them deserved, some exaggerated to improve the story and to move Machias more toward the center of the Revolutionary War narrative.
Lt. William Burrows and Commander Samuel Blyth, commanders of the USS Enterprise and the HMS Boxer, led their ships and crews in Battle in Muscongus Bay on Sept. 5, 1813. The American ship was victorious, but both captains were killed. Portland staged a large and regal joint burial.
Britain was especially interested in occupying Maine during the Colonial era to take advantage of the timber resources. The tall, straight, old growth white pines were perfect for ships' masts to help supply the growing Royal Navy.