Rhode Island First
Day of Issue Covers
Ratification of the Constitution - Rhode Island
Issued May 29, 1990 in Pawtucket, RI - Scott #2348
Stamp Design is the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI
and Hand Painted Cachet by Don Mangus
Burning of the British
Revenue Cutter Gaspee
HMS Gaspee under the
command of Lieutenant
Dudingston was sent to
to enforce the Stamp Act
and prevent smuggling. Dudingston
with his oppressive policies;
harassing Rhode Island vessels, impressing seamen and requiring
that all ships lower their flags when passing the Gaspee.
June 9, 1772
the Gaspee gave chase to the sloop
commanded by Captain Benjamin
over a sandbar
near Namquid Point,
which her shallow draft enabled her to pass over safely. The
heavier and with a deeper draft became
stranded on the bar.
informed John Brown
of the Gaspee's stranding and a
was held at Sabin's Tavern in
to formulate a plan of action. That
under cover of darkness, a
band of Rhode Islanders
under the command of Abraham
Whipple rowed out to the
Gaspee and took over the ship.
was set on fire and burned to the waterline.
During the course of this action
by Joseph Bucklin
and the Gaspee's crew
and taken to Pawtuxet.
by the British
authorities for information
leading to the arrest or capture of the culprits, however it
seemed that "No One had seen
or heard anything" and they
were never caught.
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