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Guns of Cape Ann

By: Kenneth Poolman (715/36019)
Publisher: Evans Brothers Ltd From the John Laffin Library

A blow-by-blow account of the brief but bloody encounter between his Britannic Majesty's frigate SHANNON, commanded by Captain Philip Broke, the best captain in the British North American Squadron, and handsome Captain James Lawrence in command of the United States frigate CHESAPEAKE. This took place in June 1813, off Cape Ann, north of Massachusetts Bay, during the British American War.

Both ships hammered each other until, after fifteen minutes, the American ship struck her colours and Britain had a much needed victory after a series of reverses inflicted by the Americans.

Kenneth Poolman has made an exhaustive study of this action, with the result that every minute of the battle comes vividly to life.

December 2008

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