Comments for: British brig made maritime life miserable for Mainers during War of 1812

Posted July 23, 2013, at 3:03 p.m.

The HMS Sylph that fired the cannonball that killed William Reed was the fourth such British ship to bear that name since 1776. It was new in 1812, an 18-gun brig-sloop built by Tynes of Bermuda (according to BritainsNavy.co.uk). The 400-ton ship was 100 feet long and 30 feet wide. …

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