Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
Artist Charles Frederick Kimball depicts the graves of Lieutenant William Burrows, captain of the USS Enterprise, and Captain Samuel Blyth, commander of the HMS Boxer.
Both were killed when their ships engaged in battle off the coast of Portland on Sept. 5, 1813.
After the battle, which the Enterprise won, an elaborate funeral was held in Portland for the two captains, and they were interred side by side in Eastern Cemetery. Two years later, a sailor from the Enterprise died from wounds received during the battle and was buried next to the captains. All three graves eventually received monuments.
About This Item
- Title: Graves of the Captains, 1876
- Creator: Kimball, Charles Frederick
- Creation Date: 1876
- Subject Date: 1876
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Painting
- Dimensions: 67 cm x 94 cm
- Local Code: A86-843
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
Cross Reference Searches
LC Subject Headings
- United States--History--War of 1812
- Campaigns & battles--Maine--Monhegan Island
- Blyth, Samuel, 1784-1813--Tombs
- Enterprise (Ship)
- Monuments & memorials--Maine--Portland
- Eastern Cemetery (Portland, Me.)
- Blyth, Samuel, 1784-1813--Death & burial
- Naval warfare--Maine
- Burrows, William, 1785-1813--Death & burial
- Burrows, William, 1785-1813--Tombs
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.