Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

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Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts

GLOUCESTER, CAPE ANN, MASSACHUSETTS. 8 August 1775. Captain John Linzee of the sixteen-gun sloop-of-war Falcon cruising in Massachusetts waters captured an American schooner returning to Gloucester from the West Indies on 1 August, and the following day captured another in Gloucester harbor. On 8 August Linzee sent two of his ship's small boats into the harbor again and became embroiled with the local militia. Linzee lost both of the boats, although American accounts grossly exaggerated his casualties. Fire directed at the town inflamed the Americans. The Falcon was later lost at sea in a storm in September 1779.

                              revised by Robert K. Wright Jr.

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