Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812

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On the morning of June 13, 1814, the British warship HMS" Nimrod" attacked the town of Wareham, Massachusetts. As a center for shipbuilding and iron, Wareham was a perfect target for the British fleet. When the lead barge deceptively appeared with a white flag at its bow, Wareham never suspected anything but a truce and was ill prepared for the attack. A raiding party with six barges and two hundred men burned the town's cotton mill, destroyed its vessels and took its citizens as hostages. When "Nimrod" tried to flee the shores, it ran aground and had to throw its cannons and guns overboard in order to lighten its load and sail away. Wareham was left smoldering in its wake. Follow authors J. North Conway and Jesse Dubuc as they trace the attack from the initial spotting of the British fleet to the discovery of the lost "Nimrod "cannons.
ISBN: 9781626194090
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Massachusetts
Series: Military
Images: 33
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
J. North Conway is the author of a dozen nonfiction books including "The Cape Cod Canal: Breaking Through the Bared and Bended Arm, " published by History Press in 2008. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University. Jesse Dubuc was born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts, and works as a historical conservator at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. This is his first nonfiction work. Wareham resident Katy Whittingham is a poet and educator. She teaches English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Bridgewater State University.
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