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First Naval Battle of the American Revolution

 
 
First Naval Battle of the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2011
1. First Naval Battle of the American Revolution Marker
Inscription.
This anchor symbolizes the historic ties that Machias people have with the sea, and their commitment to liberty as exemplified in the first naval battle of the American Revolution fought in Machias Bay between the British ship Margaretta and the Machias sloop Unity June 12, 1775.

Dedicated June 13, 1975

 
Erected 1975 by Machias Rotary Club, Machias Bicentennial.
 
Location. 44° 42.722′ N, 67° 27.478′ W. Marker is in Machias, Maine, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Dublin Street and Obrien Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Dublin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Machias ME 04654, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Machias River (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Permanent English Settlement in Machias Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Burnham Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Libby Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Machias. (Submitted on May 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
First Naval Battle of the American Revolution image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 23, 2011
2. First Naval Battle of the American Revolution
Looking north

2. The Unity and Margaretta. (Submitted on May 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Patriots of Maine Fight at Sea. (Submitted on May 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. First battle elsewhere.
The first naval engagement of the American Revolution actually took place the month before and was known as the 'Battle off Fairhaven' in
Buzzards Bay off Fairhaven, Massachusetts. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_off_Fairhaven
    — Submitted April 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 657 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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