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Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Boxer and Enterprise

Historic Site

 
 
Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 22, 2006
1. Historic Site Marker
Inscription. On September 5, 1813 off Monhegan Island on the coast of Maine, the American brig “Enterprise” commanded by 28 year old Lt. William Burrows engaged in battle with the British brig “Boxer” commanded by 29 year old Captain Samuel Blythe. Both ships fired broadsides at each other at close range before the badly damaged Boxer surrendered. Capt. Smyth was killed instantly and Lt. Burrows died from injuries during the encounter. Both men were buried with honors side by side in Portlandís Eastern Cemetery.
 
Erected by Jordan's Meats.
 
Location. 43° 39.9′ N, 70° 14.383′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Eastern Promenade Trail. Touch for map. The marker is in Fort Allen Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portland ME 04101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Portland Maine Fort Allen Park USS Maine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Arctic Campaign Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Portland Maine Fort Allen Park USS Portland Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Portland Maine Fort Allen Park GAR memorial
Enterprise Vs. Boxer image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, August 22, 2006
2. Enterprise Vs. Boxer
(about 300 feet away); George Cleeves Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles F. Eastman (approx. 0.4 miles away); Portland Observatory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tug Stamford Propeller (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
 
Regarding Boxer and Enterprise. The battle actually took place in an area about 50 miles from Portland, closer to Bristol, Maine.
 
Categories. War of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Last updated on August 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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