1724The sloop Squirrel of Annisquam was captured by the pirate John Phillips.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Maritime & Fishing Industry, Notable People

The Squirrel was a new and still unfinished vessel on its first voyage when the notorious pirate John Phillips seized the ship. Phillips employed the Captain, Andrew Haraden, and other captured crew members to finish the work on the ship while at sea. Some of the prisoners, led by Edward Cheeseman, were able to recapture the Squirrel, by throwing some pirates overboard and killing others with an axe. Captain Haraden sailed the Squirrel back to Annisquam with the head of John Phillips attached to the mast. The surviving pirates were tried in Boston, and the General Court rewarded members of the crew for the recapture.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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