1775The British ship Falcon fired on Gloucester.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, National Events, Military

On August 5, Captain John Lindsey (Linzee), commander of the British sloop-of-war Falcon, sent a barge to Coffin’s Beach in an attempt to steal sheep and cattle from nearby pastures. Peter Coffin, along with several of his workmen including some who were enslaved, fired on the approaching barge and Lindsey retreated. Three days later, the Falcon chased a Salem schooner into the inner harbor. Local men, including Capt. Joseph Foster and Bradbury Sanders, tried to prevent Lindsey from seizing the schooner. Lindsey fired on the Town, hitting the steeple at First Church Meeting House on Middle Street, and attempted to set fire to Fort Point. The townspeope mounted a successful defense, eventually taking thirty-five men prisoner and forcing the Falcon out to sea.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd Garland, Joseph E. The Gloucester Guide: A Stroll through Place and Time. The History Press ed. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2004.
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