1863Confederate raiders destroyed six Cape Ann schooners on Georges Bank.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

In June, a Confederate vessel, the Tacony, captured and destroyed six Gloucester fishing schooners. The city requested that the federal government send ships to protect the fleet. In the meantime, three local schooners were armed to patrol the waters, but no further rebel incursions occurred.

Tracy, Cyrus M. (Cyrus Mason). Standard History of Essex County, Massachusetts, Embracing a History of the County from Its First Settlement to the Present Time, with a History and Description of Its Towns and Cities. The Most Historic County of America. Boston, C. F. Jewett, 1878, http://archive.org/details/standardhistoryo00trac Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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