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Historic Battle off Maine Coast Commemorated
09/06/2013 11:36 AM ET  

The event marked the 200th anniversary of the battle of the British ship, the HMS Boxer, and the American vessel, the USS Enterprise, on Sept. 5, 1813, off Pemaquid Point.

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British and American flags drape the tombs of the ship commanders and another officer who died 200 years ago in a battle between the HMS Boxer and the USS Enterprise off the Maine coast.

Military history enthusiasts yesterday held a grave side remembrance ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of a memorable battle off the Maine coast.

The event, put on by the Maine Military Historical Society, commemorated the battle of the British ship, the HMS Boxer, and the American vessel, the USS Enterprise, on Sept. 5, 1813, off Pemaquid Point.

The commanders of both vessels were killed in the battle. British Commander Samuel Blyth was 27 years old when he faced off against American William Burrows, who was 30. They were buried side-by-side at Portland's eastern ceremony.

Samuel Blyth's descendent, Jeffrey Blyth, traveled from England to attend the event. "We think he was my great-great grandfather. I may be descended from a brother, but I am undoubtedly his closest living relative," Blyth said. "This is a far, far bigger occasion than we ever imagined could possibly happen. I think we are greatly honored."

To commemorate the event, Gov. Paul LePage issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 5, 2013 as HMS Boxer and USS Enterprise Day.

This story was reported by Tom Porter and written by Barbara Cariddi.

Photo: Tom Porter


 

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