Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: As a part of its efforts at collecting import taxes and in an effort to interdict smuggling in the waters in and adjacent to Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, the British Navy dispatched a speedy schooner to the region, HMS Gaspee. It was commanded by ambitious and aggressive Lieutenant Dudingston. The good captain was in hot pursuit of a suspected smuggler on June 2, 1772 when he ran his ship aground and was not able to lift it from the sand bar. Soon the ship was surrounded and boarded by locals who wounded the captain and took the whole crew prisoner. The fate of the Gaspee was sealed once the boarders had raided the Captain’s cabin and had got the crew off. They set the ship on fire and put the crew on the shore.

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