03 July 2008

The Day the Bay Burned


I've been getting away from environment in my work lately. Decided on a beach scene, with a burning ship! Why not! Reminiscent of the Gaspée, an historic site off Namquid Drive in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The Gaspée Affair was an important incident in the course of the American Revolution. HMS Gaspée, a British revenue schooner that had been vigorously enforcing unpopular trade regulations, ran aground in shallow water, on June 9, 1772 near what is now known as Gaspee Point in the city of Warwick, Rhode Island while chasing the packet boat Hannah. In an act of defiance that gained considerable notoriety, the ship was attacked, boarded, stripped of valuables and torched by American patriots led by Abraham Whipple.

4 comments:

ChatRabbit said...

There is, of course, a contingent of Rhode Islanders who think that this event is more historically important than the Boston Tea Party, which gets a lot more attention. What do you think?

kelmurphy said...

Ohhh! I didn't know about this! I will agree with them. The Boston Tea Party was more of a show than anything. These people were hardcore! Thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

Wonderful drama in this!

mike r baker said...

Awesome! Love the distant perspective.