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200th anniversary of Southwest Harbor ‘Battle of Norwood’s Cove’

Posted July 24, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
Last modified July 25, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-244-7065; swharbor.lib.me.us

The Southwest Harbor Public Library announces their new book, “The Battle of Norwood’s Cove: Southwest Harbor’s Victory Over the British In the War of 1812 – August 6, 1814 to August 11, 1814,” the true story of the Battle. If your name is Gilley or Higgins or Herrick or Dolliver or Dodge or Lurvey, or practically any other local name, your relatives probably fought in the battle…and won. Archivists have transcribed the journal of William Begg, Assistant Surgeon on board the British frigate Tenedos who watched the skirmish, treated the wounded seamen and recorded the event as it happened. The library is giving a Lemonade and Gingersnap Party on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 3 PM to debut the book and tell the true story of the Battle.

Generations of local people, journalists and historians have told how the 1,082 ton British frigate, Tenedos, anchored in the water between Bear and Sutton’s Islands, her menace to the community and all the details of her hostages, their ransom, and the blood and thunder that resulted – the Battle of Norwood’s Cove. The accounts range from the real to the ridiculous, Now, at last, all of the stories have been gathered together with the names and dates of everyone concerned, what they said, the tales told of them and what actually may have happened on that August day of 1814. The public is invited to come, see the pictures, and hear an old historical tale, newly written. And if your name is Bunker, Spurling, Rich, Smallidge or Savage you won’t want to miss it!

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