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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Home Base

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Home Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
1. Home Base Marker
Inscription. Five days before the 1813 attack on Havre de Grace, British ships anchored at Spesutia Island, just south of here. Island residents were "greatly terrified" upon their arrival, but were assured they would not be harmed. The Royal Navy used the anchorage off the island as their "home base," returning after each of their attacks in the Upper Bay.

"On the 28th of April, a brig and two or three schooners came to anchor in the bay, a little below Havre de Grace... On the next morning another brig and schooners joined those which came up the day before."
Jared Sparks, North American Review and Miscellaneous Journal 14, 1817

Spesutia Island was owned in 1813 by William Smith, who was directly related to Major General Samuel Smith, commander of the defense of Baltimore in 1814. Today the land is part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.

From Havre de Grace, citizens could see the ships anchored at Spesutia Island prior to the War of 1812 attack. This view is from the hill behind where you stand, with a ghost image of today's modern promenade that lines the shore.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.29′ N, 76° 5.319′ W. Marker is in Havre
Home Base Marker overlooking the Chesapeake Bay image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
2. Home Base Marker overlooking the Chesapeake Bay
de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker can be reached from Commerce Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Havre de Grace Promenade at Tidings Park Marina. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway (a few steps from this marker); Enjoy the Havre de Grace Promenade (a few steps from this marker); State of Readiness (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Anthony J. Synodinos & 1st Lt. Edward G. Conrad, (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Havre de Grace War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Invasion at Dawn (about 400 feet away); Luxury on the Bay (about 600 feet away); Lure of the Chesapeake (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Home Base Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
3. Home Base Marker
Spesutia Island in the distance
Spesutia Island image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
4. Spesutia Island
Spesutia Island was owned in 1813 by William Smith, who was directly related to Major General Samuel Smith, commander of the defense of Baltimore in 1814. Today the land is part of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Close-up of Photo on marker
Ghost Image image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 4, 2013
5. Ghost Image
From Havre de Grace, citizens could see the ships anchored at Spesutia Island prior to the War of 1812 attack. This view is from the hill behind where you stand, with a ghost image of today's modern promenade that lines the shore.
Close-up of Bill Watson's painting on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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