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1776: Captain Mugford dies

May 19

Captain James Mugford dies during a naval engagement in Boston Harbor. The British transport, “Hope,” heavily laden with guns and ammunition, was taken by Mugford and his crew, as a prize into Boston. Leaving the harbor, the Franklin went aground,and was attacked by 200 armed sailors in boats from the nearby British fleet. The heroic crew beat off the attack with guns, pikes and cutlasses, causing the British to suffer a loss of 70 men. But during the fight, Captain Mugford was killed. Later that month, the schooner “Franklin” sails into Marblehead bearing his body.


May 19
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 have been adapted with thanks from Bill Purdin’s Marblehead History Timeline published by Marblehead Magazine.

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