Sen. Whitehouse commemorates Gaspee Days


U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has commemorated the so-called Gaspee Days in which a group of Rhode Islanders in 1772 boarded and set ablaze the despised British revenue schooner Gaspee in Narragansett Bay.

In a speech on the Senate floor, the Rhode Island Democrat marked the occasion Thursday as a “daring act of defiance” against the British Crown. A group of Rhode Islanders led by ship captain Benjamin Lindsey and merchant John Brown forced their way onto the British vessel, wounded its commander and set it on fire. The ship sank and the captured crew was brought ashore.

Whitehouse said he hopes the Gaspee affair will one day be as celebrated in history books as the Boston Tea Party, which took place 16 months later.

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