Short eight item checklist of the events in the Gaspee Attack, ending with a
conspiracy of secrecy.
- The English ship Gaspee was grounded near Providence, Rhode Island.
- John Brown organized an attack on the Gaspee.
- The Gaspee was attacked.
- The sentinel discovered the approaching longboats and made a
challenge. He then attempted to shoot his musket at the approaching boats.
His musket misfired.
He called the commanding officer on deck.
The commanding officer, Lt. Dudingston, rushed on deck in his
nightshirt, and with his sword.
The commanding officer gave the command for all hands to be on deck,
without putting on their clothes.
The commanding officer ordered the arms chest opened and small arms
distributed to the crew.
The big guns of the ship could not be brought to bear on the longboats,
because of the angle of attack of the Americans, attacking the front and the
rear quarters of the ship.
The 17 Gaspee sailors on board did shoot a few shots from their rifles.
Then, Joseph Bucklin shot the commanding officer of the Gaspee, who
thought he was going to die from the wound.
The Americans boarded the ship and struck the English crew with
The English surrendered.
- The Americans burned the Gaspee, and caused it to sink.
- The Americans took the English crew and officers ashore. The English crew were imprisoned in Pawtuxet. Local tradition says that the
place where the captured crewmen from Gaspee were brought ashore was at
the docks at Peck Lane. Peck Lane was the first street laid out in Warwick in
1734 with two slips (a docking place for a ship between two piers) at the end of
the street, each slip 20 feet wide at its shoreline. The crewmen then taken to
a farm house that stood on the south side of the lane, put
into the an earthen floored cellar through an outside cellar way, and
confined for the night. Lt. Dudingston, severely wounded in the femoral
artery, was placed in another house.
- Deputy Governor Sessions arrived in Pawtuxet the next morning. Sessions
interviewed the crew and then sent all the ship's company, except Lt.
Dudingston, to the Beaver, the other British revenue schooner then at
- The Americans prepared a conspiracy of secrecy, to prevent the
identities of the attackers becoming known..