The Gaspee Affair

By W.E. May, published May 1977

Abstract

In June 1772, 18 months before the more notorious insult in Boston, Massachusetts, the inhabitants of Providence, Rhode Island assaulted and burned the Royal Navy schooner Gaspee, which had been intercepting their smuggling activities.  They injured her commander, Lieutenant Dudingston, who on his return was promoted even before his honourable acquittal at court-martial.   A Commission of Enquiry headed by the Governor of Rhode Island was appointed to investigate, but behaved obstructively and failed to apprehend the ringleaders.   Since 1966 the affair has been celebrated locally on ‘Gaspee days’.

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