1777Privateer Gloucester was lost.Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry

The privateer Gloucester, owned by David Pearce and under the command of Captain John Colson, had a crew of about 130 people. In July the vessel captured the British brig “Two Friends” with a cargo of salt and wine. After capturing the fishing vessel “Spark” with a half fare of fish and salt, the Gloucester was never seen or heard from again, leaving a reported 60 widows and their families behind.

The Fisheries of Gloucester from the First Catch by the English in 1623, to the Centennial Year, 1876. Gloucester, Procter Brothers, 1876, http://archive.org/details/fisheriesofglouc00glourich 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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