Title

Article on the Penobscot Expedition, with a description of the 1779 naval disast

Authors

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

7-2005

Additional Date Information

July-Aug 2005

Pages

57-59

Abstract

Article on the Penobscot Expedition, with a description of the 1779 naval disaster that left more than 470 Americans dead and more than 40 ships lost off Castine. In the summer of 1779, a fleet of American warships and transport vessels sailed into what is now Castine to remove an encampment of British. Bottled in by the British, the Americans eventually ran their ships aground and set them ablaze. James Leamon, professor emeritus at Bates College, said the expedition is usually regarded as the worst American naval disaster with the exception of Pearl Harbor. With comments by James Hunter of the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., who has dived on the shipwrecks.

Subjects

Penobscot Expedition

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